Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State sacked the General Manager of the State owned Delta Transport Company Limited, Delta Line, Elder Eyione Isaiah, the Auditor, Mr. Frank Preh and the Company Secretary, Mr. Henry Ogichigba over their involvement in a monumental fraud scandal that has rocked the company.
Meanwhile sources at the company have accused the State Commissioner of Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah who is said to be an in law to the key actor in the whole fraud and former Chief Accountant of the company, Mr. David Akpimegin of allegedly protecting him from the governor's sledge hammer.
It will be recalled that Mr. Akpimegin in the last administration was seriously indicted for fraud and other embezzlements in the company but because of his closeness to the former governor of the State, Mr. James Ibori, he was presumed untouchable.
Addressing workers of Delta Line, under the aegis of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation, Civil Service, Recreational and Technical Service Employees (AUPCTRE) Governor Okowa expressed displeasure over the company's inability to pay workers for the past six months following the fraud scandal.
“I will not deliberately ask that workers should be owed salaries, I will not deliberately say workers should not be paid, but, to say that the company is indebted to the banks to the tune of about N400 million is sad. It is unfortunate that workers of Delta Line have not been paid their salaries for six months.
"The money the company generates was supposed to be ploughed back into the business it’s unfortunate that despite the State government’s interventions in providing vehicles, the management of the company could not keep it afloat. If the management of the company is not running it well, appropriate actions must be taken,” Governor Okowa stated.
However, the governor did say he had constructed a panel to look into the affairs of the company.
When contacted by a SaharaReporters correspondent, the Mr. Ukah did not answer any of of our correspondent's questions but instead ranted and shouted on top of his voice.