Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state has terminated the appointments of some of his aides said to be redundant and dormant for some years without justifications for their huge salaries.
An official letter dated 6th July, 2021 and signed by the Chief of Staff to the Anambra State Government Mr. Primus Ugochukwu Odili and addressed to the state Accountant-General noted that all salaries, incentives and benefits of those affected by the dismissal should be terminated forthwith.
Part of the letter reads, “I write to communicate the approval of His Excellency, Chief Dr. Willie Obiano, the Executive Governor of Anambra state for the termination of appointments of the underlisted appointees with immediate effect.”
Some of the affected political appointees as published by the Chief of Staff include Azubuike Okafor Senior Special Assistant on Grassroot Mobilizations, Prince Onyechi Okafor Senior Special Assistant on Lands, Barr. John C Onyeakpa, Chika Gabriel Ibeneme, Senior Special Assistant on Media, Joseph Okonkwo Senior Special Assistant on Project Management (FADAMA) Esedo Ruth Uzochukwu, Special Assistant on Environment, Chidi Adi Ekwenugo Senior Special Assistant ANSSIPA, Ezekwelu Kingsley, Senior Special Assistant on Media, to mention a few of the dismissed government appointees.
Managing Director of the Anambra State Signage and Advertisement Agency, Mr. Jude Emecheta, noted that it was most unfortunate that those the governor paid salaries turned around to fight against him.
Emecheta said, “It is unfortunate that a man pays your salary, you work for him and you think he wasn’t doing things right, the only option you have is to resign honourably instead of collecting his pay, use it to buy data to write against him.
“That is the most silly thing to do. If you disagree with him resign but not to openly castigate him. I think His Excelllency exercised utmost restraint, some of us don’t have this patience. They will join opposition and fight. We wish them Goodluck but I
rather lose than condone indiscipline.”