The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in Diaspora (AESID), a non-governmental organisation, has charged anti-graft agencies like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to holistically probe the state’s financial records for misappropriation of funds.
Pascal Oluchukwu, AESID Chairman, who disclosed this in Abuja on Sunday, said the probe became necessary so that erring officials who pillaged state resources will be brought to book.
He also alleged that the state Government misappropriated N2 billion agricultural loan secured by Governor Umahi’s administration from the Central Bank of Nigeria for the 2016 farming season.
“AESID as a non-governmental organisation whose mandate is to protect and safeguard the interests and welfare of the common Ebonyi people, strongly believe that the state will be saved from an impending economic doom, if its financial records are holistically ascertained and offenders who have plundered its resources made to face the wraths of the law,” he said.
Pascal added: “There exist in our beloved state, many contracts and projects which have remained uncompleted several years after they were awarded till date, while the contractors obviously live large on public funds meant for their executions.
“Also, many funds, grants and loans given the state which are still being repaid as debts, have remained largely unaccounted for.
“This has severely hampered developments on all fronts in critical sectors in the state such as education, health, agriculture, economic and human capacity developments and empowerment, youths and sports development among several others.”