By Dr. Edwin Anyanwu
Imo state is lucky to have a painstaking Governor this time in the person of Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha (Omenkeahuruanya). Ihedioha is one man who is very meticulous and articulate in whatever he does. That is what Imo state needs at present to be able to rebuild it from the ruins the past administration left it.
The adoption of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) by Governor Ihedioha is an indication that he means to rebuild Imo and it is, therefore, highly commendable.
For him to adopt that policy recommended by the Finance Committee he set up to look into finances of the state government shows that he is ready to turn the fortunes of Imo state around.
Maintaining over 200 bank accounts by the past government was preposterous and downright despicable as well as a brazen outrage. Only God knows why the government had to open such number of bank accounts. Kudos to our able governor who has closed all the accounts while adopting the Treasury Single Account (TSA).
Comparatively, TSA is better than the imprest account policy, whereby public office holders can withdraw and spend huge sums of money, at will, without passing through authorized and tacitly monitored due process.
With TSA, all public monetary releases and expenditures will be monitored very closely to avoid loose ends that could drain the state treasury. I am, therefore, fully behind the Governor in this move.
I feel very glad that our Governor is getting it right. He has been taking painstaking and meticulous steps aimed at doing things the right way. He is understudying the situation on ground in order to know the best approach to take in order to solve the problems he inherited from the past administration. This is why Imo people have to support him in the steps he is taking right now to better the damaged condition of the state.
Definitely, his adoption of the TSA is one of the right steps which Governor Emeka Ihedioha has taken in the right direction. For one thing, the revenue of the state which is badly needed to solve the problems at hand, will not drain away through unauthorized sources. In fact, the government can now be sure that the state revenue can come in fully to a good extent. By adopting this policy, Ihedioha has proven his sincerity in managing the finances of Imo state prudently. It has equally proven that the governor is not self-seeking but rather has the overall development of Imo state strongly at heart.
It is, therefore, instructive that Imo people should find a way to partner with Ihedioha’s government, for the sake of his good intensions, so that together, Imo state will be truly rebuild. I had from the unset made it known to Imo people that Ihedioha has come to better the lots of the state and the people. I am, therefore, happy with the way he has begun and I can assure Ndi Imo that God in his infinite mercy has visited Imo state by giving us Ihedioha, as a Governor, a man who is going to wipe away our tears and bring succor to the state.
I am convinced that by the time Governor Ihedioha must have finished with his state, the path he is a going to take in governance will fully manifest.
There is no doubt that all the efforts he would have made to find the best way and approach to rebuild the state will begin to yield positive dividends.
I am highly excited by his adoption of the TSA which I hope will be the leading path to achieving the much desired good governance by Ndi Imo.
So, my good people of Imo state, join hands with our amiable and able Governor to see that Imo is perfectly rebuilt.
Dr. Edwin Anyanwu is former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Imo state.