Chairman, Anambra Local Government Service Commission, Barr Vincent Ifeanyi Ezeaka Didn’t Divert Anambra Workers Transport Largess

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By Chidi Agu, Awka

The Chairman Publicity Committee Local Government Service Week Program, Comrade Nnamdi Nweke has debunked reports that Barr. Vin Ifeanyi Ezeaka, Chairman of the Local Government Service Commission (LGSC), diverted part of the money donated by Governor Chukwuma Soludo for workers.

“The LGSC is surprised at such media outburst orchestrated by opposition elements in the state, because the Chairman of the Local Government Service commission is yet to recieve report from the Organizing committee who were saddled with the responsibility of the planning and execution of the local Government Service week, and even as at the time of writing this report,the organizing committee are still busy with programmes as the sub committee on finance who handled the largesse are yet to report back to the Chairman as well.

Speaking to newsmen in an interview after the thanksgiving mass on Sunday held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Awka, Comrade Nweke who is also the head of department education and social development, Anambra West local government said the report is false and malicious.

In his words: “We thank the Governor of Anambra State Prof. Chukwuma Soludo for supporting the workers present at the opening ceremony with twenty thousand naira transportation allowance each.

” This is a prove that Soludo is workers friendly governor. He said it and implemented it.

“The money was brought through the Commissioner for Local Government and was prudently distributed to the officers concerned.

The Anambra State LGSC wishes to set the record straight and to convey to ndi Anambra and the general public that the allegations are false and devoid of any iota of truth. It’s simply the handwork of mischief makers and enemies of Anambra State Government, bent on creating unnecessary tension in the State and whose intention is also aimed at rubbishing the monumental achievements in LG reforms and zero tolerance to corruption initiated by the award winning commission chairman, Barr. Vin Ezeaka.

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He added that: “For clarity sake, Barr. Vin Ifeanyi Ezeaka never disbursed any money but ordered that the attendees transport fares be shared to all the LG workers as directed by Mr Governor Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo, which was carried out immediately. All the attendees present at the hall collected their #20,000 largesse together with their lunch package which was shared LG by LG.

“The Commission equally wants to inform the general public that the Solution Vanguard drawn from the 21 LGAs were not among the 30 participants per LG. Also the ushers, Strike force, drivers, Solution magazine members, various committee members among others drawn from the 21 LGAs engaged in one service or the other were part of the money but not included in the 30 names per LG.

“Moreso, we noticed that some LG Staff started calling their friends and relations on phone when they noticed that the money was provided physically immediately at the hall. Their names were not included in the list submitted earlier and they were the people shouting and creating unnecessary tension when they noticed they were not part of the money.

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“ANSLGSC found it absurd and surprising that some uninformed disgruntled analog elements and agents of distabilization shall publish such baseless allegation and lies against the person of Barr. VIN Ezeaka, whose pedigree as an incorruptible personality and his impeccable record of zero tolerance of corruption and other related vices are emulative.

“The rumour is a false information.

” This publication is a calculated attempt to ternish the reputation of Barr. Ezeaka who planned the successful program intended to transform local government system positively.

” This reporter intentionally wanted to basterdize the program and demage the reputation of a man who has done what other Commission chairmen were not able to do since the creation of Anambra State local service Commission.

“The program was very successful and i commend Governor Chukwuma Soludo for giving approval for the local government system to carry out this program and for coming personally on Tuesday 25th 2004 at the Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Development Center, Awka to declare it up.

“Mr. Governor was very happy with the turn out and was impressed with the quality peper presentations and with the key note speaker.

“I thank Mr. Governor for giving the local government the opportunity to organize the program and am also greatful to Barr. Vin Ifeanyi Ezeaka, Chairman of the Local Government Service Commission who liaised with the board to get the approval from Mr. Governor to run the five days program with quality paper presentation from reputable professors in Anambra State and beyond.

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” There were delegations from the 21 local government and invited guests. This is the first of its kind since the creation of
local government system in Anambra State.

” The expectations from local government workers is that hence forth, they will be ICT compliant. They are expected to put into practice all they were thought during the paper presentation especially on the need for immediate transformation from analog to digital way of service because everything was centered on ICT.

” We want a situation were by the Chairman of Anambra Service Commission would call an officer from the field to forward to him the activities carried out within the day and they will do so without transporting themselves thereby, reducing the cost and risk of transportation.

“We have alot of lessons learnt from the program which will help us to be more efficient in our delivery and services at the grassroot and also charge our attitude to work and ensure that all we are doing is in line with the policy and transformation agenda of Governor Chukwuma Soludo.

” We are ready to go back to work because we have been equipped both practically and theoretically from the resource persons. Its now time for us to step it down to the grassroots and the government has promised to assist us by providing necessary aminities”. Nweke said.

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