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Uduaghan urges Isoko South councillors to withdraw suit against LG boss

By Festus Ahon
UGHELLI—Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has advised warring councillors of Isoko South local government council to withdraw their litigation against the chairman, Chief Askia Ogieh.

Uduaghan, who spoke at Oleh, Isoko South local government area during a town hall meeting of the state government last week, said the withdrawal would facilitate a peaceful resolution of their differences.

According to him, the state leadership of the PDP is committed to the resolution of the lingering dispute.

He frowned at a situation where councillors travel out of the state to have sittings and hold press conferences, enjoining them to learn to respect constituted authority, particularly their council chairmen.

According to the governor, the council area will be better developed if the councillors and  chairman worked in harmony.

He added that both the councillors and chairman should strive to respect one another.

On the allegation that the council chairman was using divide and rule system, the governor said it was a defense mechanism and noted that one of the ways the chairman could survive the crisis was to carry those that were loyal to him along.

On the protest against the purported sack of some teachers by the council chairman, Uduaghan said their sack was based on the report of the local government Auditor-General of the state, adding that it was not peculiar to Isoko South.

He added that those sacked were persons employed without government approval.

Meanwhile, a dependable council source who pleaded anonymity said it was the 627 teaching and non-teaching staff employed above the 220 that were approved for the council for employment by his predecessor that were sacked based on the report of the local government Auditor-General of the state.

The source said the council did not owe the teachers salaries, adding that they had been paid up to date.

He said last Thursday’s attack was not directed at the council chairman, Chief Askia Ogieh and was not carried out by teachers.


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