Otti allegedly suspends Abia commissioner for health

The Commissioner for Health, Abia State, Ngozi Okoronkwo, has been allegedly suspended by Governor Alex Otti.

She was said to have been suspended over allegations of lack of accountability and financial mismanagement.

According to social media reports, the embattled Commissioner was suspended indefinitely during the State Executive Council meeting on Monday.

A top Government official confirmed to Vanguard that the Governor actually asked the Health Commissioner “to step aside”.

The action of the Governor according to the source which pleaded not to be mentioned, is to give room for the investigation of the Commissioner and her Ministry concerning “barrage of complaints over financial mismanagement and lack of transparency.”

The source said:” There were issues of transparency in the delivery of duties and the Governor felt that some actions are not in tandem with his vision for accountability and transparency. He then asked her to step aside for an audit so that the process of audit will not be affected.

” It’s not as if it’s a death sentence or indictment. It’s just to strengthen the Governor’s resolve to ensure that there is accountability.

The Governor said: “Step aside, let’s look through some of the issues raised against you by some people concerning some of your conducts and delivery of your mandate as Commissioner for Health.

” You know we – the Governor and those who work with him – subject ourselves to public scrutiny. People keep sending in messages, and when you see a barrage of these messages coming against one person or Ministry, the best thing to do is to look into the activities of such a person or Ministry. And that’s what the Governor has done.

Meanwhile, efforts to get a reaction from the embattled Commissioner were unsuccessful as she did not pick calls put across to her.

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