Immediate past Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Obinna Oriaku and a payroll
management company, Lloydant Business Services, has been accused of
ripping off the state government of over N5billion through huge
commissions and extortion by a group identified as Concerned Abia Youths
Since the allegation came to the fore, pointblanknews.com gathered that
the ex Commissioner who is scheming for a return to his former position,
had been running from pillar to post lobbying the governor and his
associates pleading for soft landing.
In a bid for its services to be retained, Lloydant Business Services,
it was gathered , has been lobbying some stakeholders in the state.
Oriaku who is also believed to nurse a governorship ambition in 2023 in
defiance of the power rotation agreement in the state, has engaged hack
writers and bloggers to polish his image.
He is believed to have garnered a heavy war chest for the gubernatorial
race, a situation which may have pitched him against some interest in
the state where power is expected to shift to Abia North zone in 2023.
Some members of the State House of Assembly were alleged to have been
disgusted with Oriaku’s management of the state wage bill and have vowed
never to see him return as Commissioner in the state.
Oriaku, had in a memo dated March 9,2016, announced the engagement of
Lloydant Business Services to manage the unified electronic payment
portal which presents multiple electronic collection routes for payment
of school fees, acceptance fees and other sundry charges within the
The company manages the Abia State University, (ABSU), Abia State
Polytechnic , Aba, and College of Health and Management Technology, Aba
. Others include the biometric and state payroll spanning the state
civil service, 17 local government areas, as well agencies and
Pointblanknews.com gathered that a company, Tenece Professional Services
Ltd, had managed the state’s payroll.
CAYF, in a statement signed by its Chairman, Comrade Cyril Ahamefula ;
Secretary, Kalu Ndukwo Anya and PRO, Kingsley Ekeke; the group said it
is shocking that the problem of biometric data, wage bill and payroll
management still persist in the state despite huge fees and commissions
collected by Lloydant Business Services.
The group noted that the state could be better than it is today but for
the negative activities of some elements within the Governor Okezie
According to the group, “We believe that Abians deserve to be told how
Mr. Obinna Oriaku managed the resources of the state in the four years
that he held sway as Finance Commissioner of Abia State. This is in
light of the fact that his seemingly efforts to ensure payment of
workers salary has remained a far cry from reality.
“Our concern centers on the questionable transactions executed by a
consultancy firm, Lloydant Business Services, under the watch of the
immediate past Commissioner of Finance, Mr. Obinna Oriaku. Since 2016,
Lloydant Business Services has been the consultant in charge of the
unified e-portal for all government tertiary institutions within Abia
State. A memo dated March 9, 2016 by the former Commissioner for
Finance, Oriaku, announced the engagement of Lloydant Business Services
as consultant in the deployment of the Unified electronic payment portal
which presents multiple electronic collection routes for payment of
school fees, acceptance fees and other sundry charges within the
institutions. Lloydant Business Services had taken over such services
from Tenece Professional Services Limited.
“More so, through its connection within government, Lloydant Business
Services also secured the contract to conduct the data biometrics of
civil servants in Abia State to ascertain the actual wage bill in the
CAYF stated that it is deeply worried over what it described as the
extortionist template which Lloydant Business Services has been
operating in the state since it took over the e-portal operations.
“It was brought to our notice that the former consultant, Tenece
Professional Services Limited charged N3, 000 for e-portal service,
while Lloydant Business Services is charging N8, 000, as cost per
“There is not gainsaying that this scenario has caused additional
financial strain on the state. We are also aware of the controversy
surrounding the Data Biometrics for civil servants in Abia State. The
exercise was to ascertain the wage bill in the state. However, our
investigation revealed that while a financial institution agreed to
conduct the biometrics in the state for free, Llodyant Business Services
deployed its connections within the administration to corner the
contract which it executed at the sum of N150 million.
“More worrisome is the fact that the wage bill crisis still persists in
the state despite the supposed biometric exercise undertaken by
Lloydant. We are also not unaware of percentages and loan-kick backs
that were channeled by Lloydant Llodyant Business Services to certain
Recalling that the ownership of Lloydant Business Services has been a
matter of dispute, the group alleged that Oriaku is a major stakeholder
in the consultancy firm.
“Could this by why the legal backing of Llyodant Business Services to
manage the e-portal has been in dispute? As it stands, the authorizing
letter for Lloydant Business Services to manage the e-portal was not
approved by the State House of Assembly which statutorily should approve
such financial operation in the state.
“We are not aware that a bidding process was done before Lloydant
Business Services was awarded the job. At this juncture, we expect that
the former commissioner of Finance, Obinna Oriaku, should, as a part of
his oath of credible service to the Abia people, provide answers to some
of these allegations surrounding Llodyant and its operations in the
CAYF pledged its support to Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu’s administration, adding
that the noble policies of the governor are being sabotage and urged him
to be mindful of the elements whose actions have continued to portray
his administration in bad light
Responding to the allegations, Mr. Oriaku had severally denied the
allegations, insisting that he is not a stakeholder in Lloydant Business
Services, stressing that the company has added value to the institutions
they are working with.
However, in another move which appears to confirm the allegations by
CAYF, Oriaku said that Lloydant Business Services had written since five
months ago that they pulling out of Abia state salary management due to
bad name associated with state payroll management.