Umahi’s permanent secretary suspended for extorting civil servants in Ebonyi

By Chinwe Imo-Eze Onwosi

The Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Head of Service, under the Governor David Umahi led government, Mr Martin Uguru, has been suspended indefinitely for extorting civil servants in Ebonyi

The suspension which took effect from April 1, 2022, is contained in a statement issued in Abakaliki on Friday by the Principal Secretary to the governor, Chief Emmanuel Obasi.

Obasi stated that Gov. Umahi who approve the suspension condemned the collection of kickback from recently promoted civil servants in which the permanent secretary was found complicit.

“The money demanded by civil servants in charge of the process, was for the typing and collection of the document containing details of the promotion, they claimed.

“The governor directed the Secretary to the State Government to issue the letter of indefinite suspension to the permanent secretary for his complicity in the scam.

“That is the proper thing to do rather than resorting to exploitation of the newly-promoted civil servants,’’ the statement read.

Gov. Umahi also directed the posting of the Permanent Secretary in charge of the state’s Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) to the Office of Head of Service in acting capacity.

“The concerned official will still be in charge of UBEB.

“The permanent secretary, Ministry of Trade and Investment is posted to the Ministry of Business Development with immediate effect,” Obasi stated

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