Wife of Abia Governor, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu has denied knowledge of transfer of Mrs. Maryleen Ezichi, the Headmistress of Amaetiti Primary School, Asaga Ohafia, in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State who was said to have been demoted to a classroom teacher and posted out of her school for allegedly embarrassing her when she was on a visit to the school last week to launch the Abia State Free Meal Initiative for Primary Schools in the state.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mrs. Ikpeazu, Eze Ajuzie in a statement said: “I wish to state clearly and unequivocally that the wife of the Governor is not aware of any posting or otherwise as reported .
“Anyone who is familiar with civil service procedures and workings of government can clearly understand that the wife of the Governor is not privy to such posting where and if they occur or not.
“The service is structured with laid down rules guiding its operations at all levels and wives of governors are not briefed nor their opinion sort in whatever form before such postings are made.
“It is uncharitable for any well meaning citizen, corporate or individual, to attempt to drag the name of the wife of the governor into a scenario which at this stage only exists as a figment of the imagination of the newspaper reporter and his sponsors.” who of course are of the ilk of detractors who would never see any good coming from this administration but would flail at every good programme in a futile effort to diminish the immutable profile of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu as one of the best performing governors in the country.
“This harebrained effort by the opposition is coming only a few days to the scheduled expansion of one of the biggest social safety net programmes of Abia State, that is the free school meal programme.
“Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu is the initiator and major promoter of the Abia State Free School Meal Initiative, a public/ private sector driven programme which commenced almost a year ago.
“The wife of the governor has exerted so much personal goodwill in engaging philanthropists, corporate organizations and government to pool resources together to provide one meal a day to primary school pupil’s n a phased approach.
“We call on Abians to see the report diversionary and a shamefaced attempt by the dimwitted opposition to diminish the successes of the free school meal progrmme”.
The headmistress Ezichi was said to have been transferred to Ukwa East Local Government Area, a distance of over 150 kilometers from her former school as a punishment for daring to raise the issue of salary arrears before the Governor’s wife during the visit.
Mrs. Ezichi was said to have during an interactive session with Mrs. Ikpeazu after the launch of her free meal programme for primary school pupils in the state in the school, raised the issue of arrears of salary and allowances owed teachers.
According to reports, the embattled headmistress was said to have complained to the Governor’s wife that they were finding it difficult to meet their financial obligations such as payment of house rents, school fees for their wards, medical bills, and fares to school.
She was allegd to have been invited to Umuahia after the programme where she was said to have been handed over her punitive transfer letter.
Also speaking on the issue, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Enyinnaya Apollos in a statement said the government would investigate the matter to find out the veracity of the report.