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Thursday, 8 March 2018

Update..Anambra Executive Council Not Sacked – Commissioner

Update..Anambra Executive Council Not Sacked – Commissioner


Chief Tony Nnacheta, the Commissioner for Information and Communication Strategy in Anambra, has dismissed the report that  Gov. Willie Obiano has sacked all his political appointees.

Nnacheta made the clarification at a news conference in Awka on Thursday.

He said the internal memo directing all commissioners and political appointees to prepare their handover notes and properties for submission to permanent secretaries and secretary to the state government was misinterpreted.

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The memo was signed by Prof Solo Chukwulobelu, the Secretary to the State Government and dated March 2.

“His Excellency, Dr Willie Obiano, has directed that all political appointees and non-civil servants, heads of MDAs in the state submit their handover notes and reports on or before Friday, March 16, 2018, to the permanent secretaries of their respective MDAs.

“All appointees, non-civil servants, heads of MDAs and SSAs/SAs under reference are to hand over any government projects/ utility vehicles in their custody to the permanent secretaries, secretary to the state government or to the office of the governor on or before 16th March 2018,”  Chukwulobelu wrote.

Nnacheta said Obiano merely asked the political appointees that their handover notes be completed on or before March 16 when the tenure of the administration would end.

He said the memo was in line with best practices and not a sack letter as purported in some reports.

He urged those who published the erroneous and misleading report to re-cast their headlines and apologise to the state government.

“The memo was done on March 2, that is; two weeks to the end of this administration, on that day the governor’s tenure ends and every political appointee’s tenure end as well.

“From March 16, the government will be in the hands of senior civil servants until the governor is sworn in on March 17.

“The memo says; hand over your notes and the project vehicles in your possession, so all political appointees in the state have two weeks to prepare and hand over these things.

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“So, Anambra State Executive Council has not been sacked, not been dissolved and has not been removed, you do not issue a man letter and tell him you are sacked in two weeks.

“Some media houses which did not deem it fit to confirm ran that story to the embarrassment of Anambra Government and the good people of the state.

“Next week another EXCO meeting would be convened and that will be the valedictory session and EXCO will eventually stand dissolved on March 16,” he said

The commissioner said the handover ceremony which would hold on March 17 would be low-key and urged Anambra people to come out en masse at Alex Ekwueme Square and celebrate the success of the Obiano administration.

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