Reports have it that the Federal Ministry of Information has been ordered to vacate its office at Azikwe Road, Umuahia, Abia state over its failure to pay rent for two years.
It was gathered that the quit notice was served by the landlord of the property, Azuka Okoroafo, with the backing of the magistrate’s court.
A ministry source said the ministry had not paid rent since the present federal government took over.
The source was quoted as saying: “Since Alhaji Lai Mohammed was appointed as the Minister of Information and Culture, he has not taken the welfare of the Ministry of Information seriously.
“He is using the money of the Ministry of Information to run the Ministry of Culture, but Culture is under Information.
“We have never seen such a situation where a minister will hide in the Ministry of Culture and abandon the Ministry of Information and that is why we are having this issue of non-payment of our rent. Our rent has not been paid for over two years and we are suffering it now.
“We don’t even know what comes next. Our landlord has threatened to eject us any moment from now, and he started a court action against us.
“Our staff members have been advised to take their personal belongings from the office because we may come to work one morning and find out that the office has been locked up.”