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Lawmakers berate Obiano over airport recruitment

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By Lawrence Nwimo

Lawmakers in Anambra state House of Assembly are not happy with Governor Willie Obiano over a purported ongoing employment at the state judiciary and the international cargo airport.

The anger which was expressed on the floor of the assembly in Awka, during Tuesday plenary, accused the governor of purportedly employing individuals to man the newly built international cargo airport in the state.

Supporting the motion filed by lawmaker representing Njikoka 1 constituency, Hon Timothy Ifediora, they complained that the state government, by embarking on the exercise, deviated from the general norm acceptable for recruitment into the civil service.  

Seconding the motion for the abolition of the employment, Hon Pete Ibida from Njikoka II, said the assembly had been humiliated and subjugated with the reported recent employment in the state. He said the house was elected to play its core duties of representation and oversight and such must be respected by the executive arm.

While he noted that the purported employment was alien to the people of the state, he said the government had been subverting the system overtime and had denied the people of the state the right to benefit fully as indigenes of the state. 

The chief whip of the 7th assembly, Lawrence Ezeudu, while describing the airport as the pride of the generality of Anambra indigenes, said the governor must be stopped from subverting the system. 

Ezeudu, representing Dunukofia, said the purported employment should not be seen as a one-off and stressed the need for proper exercise that will accommodate the vast sections and people of the state.

Lending his voice, Hon. Onyebuchi Offor warned that the house had been by-passed and neglected in the recent executive decisions, especially in the employment into various positions in the state. 

Ejike Okechukwu and John Nwokoye of Aniocha II and Awka North constituencies condemned the governor’s action, stating that the purported employment was sectionalised. While they noted that such impunity had been taking place in the state, they remarked that it was foolish for “Southeast to complain being marginalised by the federal government” whereas such is being experienced right in their noses. 

Douglas Egbuna, Noble Igwe, Emma Nwafor and Chukwuma Okoye of Onitsha Nort I, Orumba South and Awka South respectively, described the purported action of the governor as executive rascality, while Uzoma Eli proffered that such recruitment should be stopped immediately. 

Passing the resolution, the Speaker of the Assembly, Hon Uche Okafor, said the ongoing process of recruitment for the airport and ministry of justice did not follow due process and that any employment made either already or ongoing in the state was cancelled. 

He mandated that “no state fund should be used to pay salaries of those purportedly employed or in the process of being employed at the state airport and the ministry of justice.”

While the house considered the reauthorisation of employment for the airport and the ministry of justice, it ordered the invitation of the commissioners for works and justice as well as the chairman, Anambra State Civil Service Commission at subsequent sessions for further explanation.

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