Ebonyi SSG Resigns, Says Lots Of Hypocrisy Going On Umahi’s Administration 

By Taiwo Fakeye

The Secretary to Ebonyi State Government (SSG), Prof. Bernard Odoh, has resigned his appointment saying all is not well in the current administration in the state.

Professor Odoh in his resignation letter to the state Governor, David Umahi, decried the high level of hypocrisy going on among members of the state executive council.

His resignation, which was contained in a three-page letter he wrote to governor David Umahi dated April 2, 2018, also alleged lack of trust between him and the state governor.

According to him, despite his sincere effort in working to move the government and the state forward, the governor never had trust nor confidence in him.

He wrote in the letter, he took his decision so as to protect his relationship with the governor, stressing that he has more to preserve than occupy the position of the SSG.

Prof. Odoh added that the way by which Umahi’s administration had remained in the last two years had not offered conducive atmosphere for all members of the state executive council and himself to sincerely air and express their views on sensitive policy matters.

In the letter he said: “In my opinion, this is the highest level of hypocrisy and the values I live do not allow me to operate in such deceptive atmosphere where people live opposite of what or 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”.

Meanwhile, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Emmanuel Uzo in his reaction to the resignation said he was not aware of the purported resignation.

“I am not aware of any resignation by the Secretary to the State Government and this is the official and true position of the matter.

“We have not been informed nor received the letter informing the Governor of the SSG’s resignation”, he said.

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