Stephen Ukandu, Umuahia
Governor Alex Otti has announced the suspension of the State Head of Service, Sir Onyi Nwama, and all Permanent Secretaries in the state civil service.
The Governor in a press statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kazie Uko, appointed Lady Joy Maduka, as the Acting HoS.
According to the statement, the development is to enable the recently-inaugurated judicial panel on recovery of looted Government funds and property, effectively do its work.
The statement made available to Ikengaonline read: “Following the inauguration of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on the Recovery of Properties and Funds belonging to Abia State Government, the Governor, His Excellency, Dr. Alex Otti, OFR, has directed the immediate suspension of the Head of Service (HOS) and all Permanent Secretaries in the State civil service.
“Consequently, the Governor has approved the appointment of Lady Joy Maduka, Director, Ministry of Education, as Acting Head of Service (HOS).
“All the Permanent Secretaries, except the following: 1. John Pedro Iroakazi – Clerk of the House; 2. Mrs. U. G. Uche Ikonne – Solicitor General; are by this notice directed to hand over to the most senior Director in their respective Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
“This directive takes immediate effect.”