The Chairman of Interim Management Committee of Imo Transport Company Ltd (ITC), Hon. Emeka Ariguzo has cried out that his predecessor, Hon Lasbery Okafor Anyanwu operated the state owned transport company with a private account, saying that the idea made his committee not to access money belonging to the company.
He said that both private investors and staff of the company lost confidence in the management of ITC under Hon. Anyanwu as Chairman, adding that the former government did not only kill the corporation but ended up splitting salaries of the entire workforce to half. Hon Ariguzo made this disclosure Tuesday in Owerri, the capital of Imo State while reacting to allegations that he was rooting to bring a private company to take over the running of ITC in proxy, and his alleged violation of Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy of the present government in the state among others.
According to him, in as much as his management committee has been complying with the TSA policy of the government, he disclosed that he met only 33 vandalized vehicles on assumption of office, maintaining that virtually everything in the company was totally destroyed by the former administration.
”It is on record that ITC was lost, everyone working in this company lost confidence, both the franchise people and staff lost confidence, nobody said anything good about ITC. People’s salaries were split to half; I met only 33 vehicles when I was appointed. The whole environment was littered with vandalized vehicles. The mandate given to us by His Excellency, the Governor was not to sell any vehicle even the scrap. But to get the company going, we decided to fix most of the damaged vehicles, and today, ITC can boast of about 50 vehicles all over the country. We met no file, no hand over note when we came. I only met a private account belonging to my predecessor, and this account was used to run the company” He submitted.
Continuing, Hon Ariguzo expressed bitterness that the level of destruction done by his predecessor had cost the company heavily to fix, adding that salaries the past management could not pay workers, his committee had paid 100 percentage.
He said that the former management did not only frustrate the company, but abandoned the payment of fees for loading bays across the country, expressing annoyance that the refusal denied ITC from meeting up with her obligations.
Hear him, “During the past management, ITC owed hundreds of millions to individuals, vehicles belonging to the company were discarded, but just barely two months we came on board, we have recovered some of the abandoned vehicles including the company’s landed property in Abuja and other parts of the country. We have revived our loading bay in Umuahia, after we lost it six years ago, but I have refused to over blow our achievements because I hate noise making. We do not need praises from anyone, but we welcome perfect partnership. We met a company on a life support machine when we came in. It is baseless for anyone to accuse us of not complying with the TSA policy, confirm from the IGR office, they will tell you that ITC was the first parastatals that started responding with the policy”
Concluding, the ITC Chairman maintained that his administration was based on due process, adding that no person spends money without accounting for it in line with Governor Ihedioha’s vision to rebuild the state.
When contacted, the former Chairman of Imo Transport Company Ltd, Hon Anyanwu said that he operated with a private account because government concessioned ITC to his company, Oma Oil and Industries Ltd on N20 million monthly returns.
He maintained that despite losing much money to banks over garnishee orders, he was able to remit N740 million Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) into government’s account for 37 months as part of his company’s agreement with government; describing the allegation that he destroyed ITC as a normal gossip.
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