The Governor of Ebonyi State Engr. David Umahi has appointed a new Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Dr Hygenus Nwokwu to immediately replace the Prof. Benard Odoh who resigned his appointment.
Mr Nwokwu was the deputy director of Divine Mandate Campaign organization, a platform the governor used for his campaign in 2015 and member Secondary Education Board .
His appointment came as a result of an official letter written to the state government notifying her of the willingness of the former SSG’s resignation.
However Governor Umahi who spoke through his state commissioner for information senator Emmanuel One received the letter with and open heart and made replacement to the sit.
According to a statement signed by the commissioner he said, “the Governor has received with an open heart the resignation letter of Professor Benard Odoh as the SSG of the state and has wished him well in all his endeavours.
He dear for appoint Dr Hygenus Nwoku as the new SSG of the state”.
Note that the former SSG and the new one are from the Ezza North local government area if the state.
On his part,the former state scribe literally said he took his decision so as to protect his relationship with the governor, David Umahi, stressing that he has more to preserve than occupy the position of the secretary to state government.
Odoh said that the way by which Umahi’s administration had remain in the past two years has not offered conducive atmosphere for all members of the state executive council members and himself to sincerely air and express their views on sensitive policy matters.
He said: “in my opinion, this is the highest level of hypocrisy and the values I live does not allow me to operate in such deceptive atmosphere where people live opposite of what/who they are”.
“Having assured you on my inception of office and at several times that I owe you the responsibility to be truthful and honest always, I wish to inform you that all is not well in your administration sir. If you observe carefully, almost all your appointees are nearly completely disconnected from your policy direction as they lack genuine sense of purpose, dignity, clear sense of commitment to decision taken in Council because of low morale”.
“Once more on behalf of my family, friends and those who worked closely with me for almost three years now, I want to most sincerely again say thank you very much for the rare opportunity you offered me to serve our dear state”.
‘”my appointment as the Secretary to the State government is hereby resigned in good faith. I have handed over the status of cabinet office to the most senior staff office, Barrister Ogbonnaya Otta in line with the best practices of service”.
He further commended the wife of the state governor, Rachel and the entire Umahi’s dynasty for the opportunity and love to serve the state government.