The Abia State Government has disclosed it has compensated property owners before the ongoing demolition along the Ossah-Okpara Square axis of Umuahia in the state.
This was made known by the Accountant General of the State, Njum Onyemenam, while speaking with journalists on Thursday, noting that claimants who provided their correct account details have already received payments.
“We have gotten confirmations that claimants have already started receiving their monies, that is the position right now.
“Claimants who have provided us with their current bank details have received their payments,” Onyemenam said.
She admonished claimants who have accounts with the old Diamond Bank and may not have received their monies to get alternative Access Bank account numbers to enable them to receive payments.
“Those that are banking with the old Diamond Bank account should meet their banks to collect the alternate Access Bank account number as the old Diamond Bank is not compliant with our payment platform,” the AG stated.
The Accountant General then said that many claimants have not provided their data, and disclosed that as soon as they come up with their correct details, they will be paid.
She explained that the government wants to avoid a situation where monies are paid to the wrong persons.
She admonished those who are yet to receive payments to reach out to Umuahia Capital Development Authority which is responsible whose duty to sending their details to the AG’s office.
Speaking on the issue of salary payment for public workers, the AG pointed out that her office had already begun the disbursement of September salaries in line with the promise of Governor Alex Otti to pay workers’ salaries on or before the 28th of every month, stating that those who missed previous payments would be accommodated in the September salaries.
The Accountant General said that pensioners are the priorities of the State government, even as she said there would be a verification exercise for them.
However, she noted that it would be conducted in a conducive atmosphere.