November 24, 2020


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Defection: Umahi sacks boards, commissions

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By Ogochukwu Anioke, Abakalikil

Governor David Umahi has sacked untenured boards and commissions in the state.

The Secretary to the State Government, Kenneth Ugbala, stated this in a statement on Saturday.

The statement said the dissolution of the boards and commissions by the governor was in a bid to reposition government.

He said the governor carried out the action in an effort to promote inclusiveness and enhance service delivery.

“In the effort of Ebonyi State Government to reposition the government, promote inclusiveness and enhance service delivery, His Excellency, the Governor of Ebonyi State, David Nweze Umahi, has approved the immediate dissolution of all boards and commissions that are not tenured by law.

“Sequel to this, all the former officials affected by this announcement are directed to hand over all government property in their possession to the  Secretary to the State Government and Coordinating Commissioner before the close of work on Monday, November,23, the statement read.

The dissolution came barely 24 hours after the state governor sacked most political appointees from the Ohaukwu Local Government Area.

?gbala had on Friday announced their sack in another statement.

He said the sack of the appointees was due to the governor’s avowed determination to allow greater participation in governance.

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Those affected by the sack included  Co-ordinators, Executive Assistants,  Senior Technical Assistants,  Technical Assistants, Liaison Officers and  Management Committee Members of Development Centres in the council.

Their sack was announced while most of them were at the council headquarters, attending a stakeholders’ meeting called by the chairman of the council, Clement Odah.

At the meeting, they backed the decision of Governor David Umahi to join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

They stakeholders also made their position known at a meeting held in the council headquarters, Ezzamgbo, He said they were solidly behind Governor Umahi, adding that the people of the council were 99.9% APC.

Odah said the people of the council had benefitted heavily from Umahi’s administration, assuring that they were fully with him.

According to him, on moral ground, none of them is entitled to take a different direction other than the direction of the governor.

He maintained that Ohaukwu people would deliver 100% votes to the APC in 2023.

Odah said: “Ohaukwu Local Government Area is part and parcel of the All Progressives Congress (APC). At a personal level, I want to let the world know that I am the son of the Governor, David Umahi. He made me what I am today. As long as politics is concerned, he is the beginning and the end of my political sojourn. He remains my father, benefactor and boss.

“Beyond me, we have appointees of government and elected persons here. All of us are beneficiaries of the magnanimity of the governor. On moral ground, none of us is entitled to take a different direction other than the direction of the governor.

“As a people, we have witnessed tremendous development in our area. We have the gigantic and longest flyover and only a person that loves you can give you such a gift.

“Every Ohaukwu man, every Ohaukwu youth and every Ohaukwu woman will continue to support the governor. As long as we are concerned, this LGA is 99.9 per cent APC, I would have said Ohaukwu is 100 per cent, but our governor himself has conceded 0.01% for a certain class of persons.

“If anybody is not in agreement with the governor, the question is: what are your reasons? We have flyovers, good roads, ecumenical centre, international airport, international stadium and international market. We have all the good things we see in Dubai. Anybody saying we shouldn’t stand with David Umahi does he have anything better than what he has offered us? So, we stand with the governor and we will always stand by him”.

Also speaking, the state Commissioner for Water Resources, Mr Sunday Inyima, who was rumoured to have resigned his appointment sequel to the defection of Umahi to APC, described the rumour as false, insisting that the entire Ohaukwu people, including himself, were solidly behind Governor Umahi.

The sack of the appointees from Ohaukwu is believed to be a result of the fallout from the defection of the governor.