November 14, 2008

Oshiomhole freezes Edo accounts

Edo State Governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, on Thursday, froze all the state government’s accounts in banks until further notice.

He directed them to stop honouring cheques issued by the ousted administration headed by Prof. Oserhiemen Osunbor.

The government’s decision, which was contained in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Orientation, Mrs. Betty Igbeyi, urged all the ministries and parastatals to give due attention to the directive.

The governor also relieved all political office holders in the state of their positions.

Barely 24 hours after he was sworn in, Oshiomhole on Thursday, visited President Umaru Yar’Adua at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He explained that he was at the villa to pledge his loyalty to the President despite the fact that was not a member of the Peoples Democratic Party.

He disclosed that even when he had not been declared governor by the courts, and despite their political differences, he had a privileged relationship with the president.

Oshiomole disclosed these to State House correspondents shortly after meeting the president.

According to him, Edo State needs the president’s support or intervention to enable him face squarely, the arduous challenges ahead.

Furthermore, he said that he was overwhelmed with joy that the president was very anxious to see how the Federal Government could contribute in arresting what he described as, “the drift and to restore the glory of Edo State.”

In Benin, a statement signed by the newly appointed Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Pally Iraise, shortly after his inauguration on Thursday, directed the affected people to hand over government property in their possession to the Permanent Secretary, Central Administration, Governor‘s Office, Benin.

The governor said that the choice of Iraise, an accountant and banker, as the SSG, was based on merit, as demonstrated by his contribution to the development of the Owan East Local Government Area, where he was chairman from 2004 to 2007.

Oshiomhole, who spoke at Iraise’s inauguration at the Government House, also urged the 18 local government chairmen in the state not to use public funds to place congratulatory advertisements for him in the media.

He said that such funds should be effectively utilised to bring the desired change and development to the people of the state.

The governor said that the Edo citizens had great expectation that the new administration had the capacity, and was determined to take advantage of the resources of the state to bring new hopes to them

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