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‘Why Okowa suspended SA on Special Duties’
By Barth Ozah
DELTA State Government has explained why the Special Assistant (SA) on Special Duties to Governor Okowa, Mr Ossai Ovie Success was suspended for two weeks without salary saying he broke information protocol of the state government.
The state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu who fielded questions from journalists in Asaba explained that, “when a staff is not progressing according to certain rules, it is natural that some certain decisions are taken for the purpose of ensuring that the staff come back to line.
“I don’t want us to make a heavy weather out of this issue. If as a commissioner, I progress in error, it behoves on the governor to also take certain steps, to make me conform to those rules that will be to the aspirations and policies of the government.”
He added; “There are those who have been given wrong impression about the suspension. What we believe is that, individuals, not only Ossai, anybody who is in this administration, who does not realise that there is what they call line of reporting and that you must conform in such a way that you don’t embarrass the government, we will take similar action.
The commissioner noted that Ossai ought to report to the Chief Press Secretary, and should also clear from him if he should also deal with the media pointing out that he is not entitled to issue statements to the public.
“When we begin to have different statements being issued from different offices, you cause more trouble in the system. Even when you are a commissioner, you can only speak in respect to your ministry. You cannot issue statement for the entire government. By virtue of my position, I am the only one on the side of government that can issue statements across ministries because I speak for the government. The CPS can also speak on any state issue because any issue that touches the government, also touches the governor.”
He however maintained that, Mr Ossai who had been part of Okowa’s government since 2015, is still a member of Okowa’s government adding, “So, there is no cause for alarm. He is still a member of this government.”
It would be recalled that Mr Ossai Ovie Success, the youngest appointee in the Okowa administration, was slammed with a two-month suspension without salary due to alleged publication on his Facebook profile where he posted that the O5 Initiative Foundation of Dame Edith Okowa, had received a financial grant of N3.5bn from a United States based non-profit organisation, the Initiative for Global Development, which the first lady has since denied.