Outgoing Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan says the Accountant-General of the State, Cyril Agbele, is an irresponsible man.
The governor, who said this when both serving and retired permanent secretaries paid him a farewell visit in Asaba, Thursday, said Agbele abandoned his office six days ago.
“The Accountant-General has disappeared in the last six days. On Thursday, we met and I told him we have some payments to make for the swearing-in of incoming government.
“He did not object. He did not say no and on Sunday, I called him but he was not picking my calls.
“On Monday, his phones were switched off and on Tuesday, he sent in a paper that he was sick.
“By Wednesday, he sent in a memo. I find this act very inconsistent and irresponsible,” Uduaghan said.
According to him, the accountant-general’s action is in bad faith.
The governor said he was surprised that after being part of arrangements for the inauguration of the new administration, the AG made himself incommunicado.
“If there is something that I am doing that is not right, he should be free to tell me rather than disappearing.
“Just imagine, running the affairs of the state for a week without funds, even security men have started withdrawing from their posts across the state.
“It is a conspiracy to grind my administration to a halt and an attempt to set me up on a collision course with the incoming administration. I think he is very irresponsible,” he said.
Uduaghan urged the permanent secretaries to be good mentors to others, noting that civil servants were keys to the growth of the country.