By Ovasa Ogaga,
In a last-gasp effort to further dent the image of the Okowa/Otuaro administration of Delta State which would end in a few days from today, some top management officials popularly called the “3 Wise Men” and some collaborators have allegedly deprived the Deputy Governor Press Crew of about thirteen million naira (N13,000,000:00) which was approved as a parting gift to them by the outgoing government.
A whistleblower revealed that the Deputy Governor’s office located in the old Government House premises was in near turmoil on Monday as tempers flared over discovering the alleged fraudulent activities of these very senior civil servants with some of their conspirators.
It was not cleared at press time whether the issue had been reported to the Deputy Chief of Staff, Engr. (Dr.) Jude Sinebe or the Deputy Governor himself. But we however, gathered the intervention of an aide of the Deputy Governor forced the “3 Wise Men” and their conspirators into a lengthy closed-door meeting to work out modalities to cover the massive show of shame and consequently to avoid the wrath of the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and his Deputy Dcn. Kingsley Burutu Otuaro in whose office the mess oozes from.
It was further discovered that the 3 Wise Men being referred to in the Office of the Deputy Governor are the top Civil servants heading the offices whose real names are; Mr Keneke Emotoghan, the Director, Mr Maxwell Awuse, the Permanent Secretary (PS) and a top man in the Accounting Department.
Mr Keneke Emotoghan was a Grade Level 13 officer who transferred to the office from the State Ministry of Information immediately after an Ijaw man resumed as Deputy Governor.
He allegedly used Ijaw influence to transfer then Director Mrs Christy Eruotor out to a lowly Emergency agency paving the way for him who was far junior to be in an acting capacity… our source said “he used all tribal connections to hold on to the position till H
He was also alleged to have been overlapping the schedules of the Chief Protocol Officer (CPO) cornering all rights and privileges accrued to the innocent hard-working CPO to himself. “Keneke Emotoghan is a very greedy man whom no one in the office from cleaner to political appointees talks good of,” our source added.
One of the victims of the fraud, who will not disclose his name for fear of victimization by the 3 Wise Men disclosed that if the gift is not harmonized and dispensed to all as planned and approved by the Governor and his Deputy, the issue will definitely breed bad blood in the convoy and the entire office of the Deputy Governor even as a new Deputy Governor and Governor take over on May 29.
Our source also disclosed that virtually all members of the Press Crew were deliberately omitted from the doctored list which the 3 wise men and cohorts have resolved to use in dispensing the parting gift.
Further investigation revealed that the Protocol Crew members all have their names and parting cash gift intact with five hundred thousand naira (N500,000:00) allocated to each of them while the security and drivers who along with the Press Crew make up the Convoy Crew have no problems with their allocations as well.
All efforts by this medium to get the reaction of the Permanent Secretary Mr. Maxwell Awuse to comment on the development failed as he could not be reached.
It would be recalled that a similar effort to doctor the list of Casual/Contract Staff list approved for employment into the Delta Broadcasting Service Asaba got the attention of the Governor who promptly ordered the halt of the exercise and personally revalidated the list before the 65 hard-working young men and women were issued their appointment letters about a month ago.
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