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Okowa Suspends Aide For Posting N3.5bn Grant To Delta First Lady On Social Media




Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa has suspended his Special Assistant on Special Duties, Ovie Ossai, without salary for two months.

Our correspondent reliably gathered that the suspension of the governor’s aide was not unconnected with statements he made on his Facebookpage re-echoing a grant of N3.5bn given to the wife of the state governor, Mrs. Edith Okowa.

It would be recalled that a few days ago, a United States-based non-profit organisation, the Initiative for Global Development, had through its Chief Executive Officer, Leila Ndiaye, at a sickle cell sensitisation forum organised by 05 Initiative in New York announced a donation of $10m in support of Mrs Okowa’s pet project, 05 Initiative, for the management of sickle cell disease in Delta State.

Confiding in SaharaReporters, a top government official revealed that Ossai’s sin was that he issued a statement on his Facebook page amplifying the $10m grant to Mrs. Okowa.

The News Agency of Nigeria had reported the grant story but the annoyance of the governor was that his aide made the news more prominent through his post.

The source said, “After the statement was posted on Ossai’s Facebook page, one of the governor’s daughters, who was not happy with the publicity being given to the grant her mother received, she confronted him over the issue and expressed disappointment.

“All efforts by Ossai to explain his motive fell on deaf ears, and she promised that he will be dealt with by her father.

“Barely 24 hours after the confrontation, the governor invited Ossai over the issue where he explained things to the governor and the governor asked him to leave.

“Shockingly, Ossai got a suspension letter signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Chiedu Ebie, for two months without salary.”

When contacted over the issue, Commissioner for Information in the state, Charles Aniagwu, said, “I have not gotten the details of Ossai’s suspension.”

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