Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has suspended all contracts awarded before he was sworn into office.
He has also dissolved all parastatals and agencies in the State.
A statement issued by the principal secretary to the governor, T.U.C Nwokonkwo, said the suspended the contracts “in view of nefarious activities of some government functionaries entering into contract agreements on behalf of the government without reference to the newly-sworn in governor.”
The statement read further: “particular note has been taken of some parastatals where the contract letters and agreements are being backdated.
“Therefore Governor Hope Uzodinma has directed the suspension of all award of contracts in the state public service except with due authorisation from the office of the governor.
“The government has also suspended all contracts already awarded for which mobilisation fees have not been paid, bearing in mind that the post-no-debit order imposed by the state government on all accounts operated by ministries, departments and agencies still subsists.”
Also, the statement noted that all board chairmen and members of the dissolved parastatals and agencies “are by the notice directed to handover all government documents and properties to the chief executive or most senior public servants in the respective parastatals and agencies where the chief executive is not a public servant.”
Nwokonkwo, said that all handing over formalities was to be completed before the close of work on Friday 17, January.