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Umahi Moves To Force Loyalty, Dissolves Boards



In a move largely interpreted as aimed towards enforcing political loyalty, Gov. David Umahi on Saturday dissolved all Boards and Commissions untenured by law in Ebonyi.

Umahi gave the directive for the dissolution in a statement by Mr Kenneth Ugbala, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Coordinating Commissioner.

The statement said the dissolution of the boards and commissions by the governor was in a bid to reposition the government.

The claim was widely being interpreted as a move by the governor to bring in members of the All Progressives Congress, APC into his government and exit those members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP who refused to defect with him to the APC.

The governor on Thursday defected to the APC claiming the move was meant to bring the Southeast into the mainstream of national politics.

He said that the exercise was carried out to promote inclusiveness and enhance service delivery in the state.

“In effort of the state government to reposition the administration, promote inclusiveness and enhance service delivery, immediate dissolution of all boards and commissions,  untenured by law, should be carried out.

“Sequel to this effect, all former officials affected by this announcement are directed to hand over all government property in their possession to the SSG on Nov. 23.

Saturday’s lay off came barely 24 hours after the governor sacked most political appointees from Ohaukwu local government area of the state.

The dissolution of the boards is expected to put political actors on edge as many of them desirous of positions in the boards would have to go along with the governor’s political schemes.

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