By Jimmy Jackson
The governor of Cross River State, Senator Prince Bassey Edet Otu says he has instructed all accounts belonging to the state government to be frozen with immediate effect.
The governor was speaking today in Calabar during an interface with members of the press.
“I have asked all accounts of the state to be frozen immediately and that all transactions be stopped forthwith.
“I have been briefed by the accountant general and the head of service. I have informed them that we need to do a needs assessment in terms of employment and other things”
He also said that all internal generated revenue of the state will be channeled into a single account.
On security, governor Otu said “today we had a meeting with all security chiefs and I reiterate that all criminals in the state should accept our amnesty program within the window that it will be opened or leave the state”
Senator Otu called for a minute silence for the departed soul of Chief Raymond Dokpesi, describing the death of the renowned media guru and CEO of DAAR Communication, owners of the African Independent Television as unfortunate.
Governor Bassey Otu also said that he has set up a transition review committee which will be headed by Ntufam Fidelis Ugbo with Prof. Eyo Etim Nyong as member and Prof. Owan Enoh as Secretary.
Addressing the biting fuel crisis in the state, Senator Prince Otu appealed to oil marketers to open their stations to Cross Riverians. “There is no need to make life too difficult for Cross Riverians. I appeal to oil marketers to open their fuel station and sell fuel at an approved pump price”