The Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi, on Wednesday stated that henceforth, no workers in the state would receive salaries without their Bank Verification Numbers.
This is coming on the heels of a revelation by the Central Bank of Nigeria that Ebonyi State ranked the lowest in the South-East zone in its National Financial Inclusion scheme.
The state Controller of the CBN, Adayi Onah, had during a courtesy call on the governor at the Executive Council Chamber, Government House, Abakaliki, stated that the Financial Access Performance across all the geo-political zones of the country showed that South-East had average exclusion rate of 29.3 per cent.
He said, “Whereas Ebonyi State has 43.6 per cent, which is above the national average of 36.8 per cent and the region average of 29.3 per cent, other states in the zone are recording an average of between 25.4 per cent and 28.7 per cent. Ebonyi State is still very far at 43.6 per cent exclusion rate.”
He said this necessitated the selection of the state in the South-East for a pilot exercise for ‘Account Opening Week’ which would take place between December 2 and 7, 2019.
Referring to the CBN data on Ebonyi, Umahi expressed dissatisfaction with the state banking attitude, saying anybody who had no BVN should not expect salary.
He said, “No BVN, no salary, whether it is political or not. The deputy governor has BVN and I have BVN. So, any political appointee that does not have the BVN will have no salary. Any civil servant that doesn’t have the BVN will not take salary until they have the BVN.
“The Commissioner for Local Government Affairs; you have to implement this immediately. No salaries for the month of November, December until everybody has the BVN. So, some of you that have not opened account in your life, you will now open account. They said Ebonyi is the least in bank account opening, it shouldn’t be.”
Meanwhile, Umahi, on Wednesday also announced the appointments of 513 aides designated as technical assistants.
He had in the last three months appointed over 1,000 aides including technical assistants, senior technical assistants, executive assistants, commissioners, senior special assistants and special assistants.
A statement from his Principal Secretary, Chief Clement Nweke, directed the newly appointed 513 TAs to report with their credentials for documentation.