WRITTEN BY AMAKA CHIBUZOR OKOYE
The Market leader of Oye Uga Market, Aguata Local Government Area Mr. Victor Isichekwe has been arrested for diverting government revenue to his personal account.
The Commissioner for Trade, Commerce, Market and Wealth Creation, Dr Christian Mmadubuko made the arrest and handed him over to the officers and men of Department of State Service.
Mr. Victor Isichekwe was alleged to be in the practice of issuing fake receipt with which he diverts funds to his personal account.
Commissioner Mmadubuko regretted that government had hitherto battled with the ugly trend of revenue diversion by the market leaders but warned that the era when people appropriate government money has gone as, henceforth, any unauthorized person caught in the act must be dealt with.
Dr Mmadubuko directed all those who have permit from the government to collect revenues to revert back to the Ministry so as to know their job specification and the duration of their services while the marketers should put on hold, any payment till further notice.
The Head of Department, Market, in the Ministry, Mrs Nkiruka Ebo Nwosu, said on assumption of office in 2017, she noticed that market leaders were giving authority letters to collect revenue in their various markets but that many of them are not complying with the directive of using the integrated pay direct system in revenue collection.
Giving his side of the story, Mr. Isichekwe, Who narrated how they were giving authority letter, said the marketers do not comply without being issued with receipts, hence the printing of the receipts.
He stated that he began the collection of revenue in October last year and has about one hundred and ninety thousand naira at hand.
Mr. Isichekwe was later handed over to the Department of State Service.