By Nick Chibunna
The Imo State Governor, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, has charged new permanent secretaries to work hard in order to block all revenue leakages in the state.
Gov. Ihedioha gave the charge when he swore in the four new permanent secretaries at the Government House, Owerri.
He said that his administration inherited an empty treasury, lamenting that Imo State took the fifth position in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and came last in Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and wondered how the two positions tallied.
The governor, however, said that his administration, which is anchored on human capital development, had increased the IGR from N241 million to N874 million as at September.
He emphasized that government is about people and their welfare and enjoined the new permanent secretaries to join hands with him to return Imo State to its former glory and make it a model state.
As accounting officers of their respective ministries, the new permanent secretaries, he said, should be transparent and must take responsibility for al actions and inaction in their ministries.
The new permanent secretarial were Dr. Anthony Igwe for Health, Mrs. Perpertua Anyanwu for Local Government Service Commission, Mrs. Angela Ihenacho for public utility and Mrs. Obiageli Edith Amadiobi for gender Affairs.
The governor also appointed Mr. Amuche Anyanwu as acting permanent secretary for tourism.
Responding on behalf of the newly appointed secretaries, the permanent secretary in-charge of Health, Dr. Anthony Igwe, thanked the governor for the confidence reposed on them and pledged their loyalty to and support for the Rebuild Imo Agenda.