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Chime, Deputy On War Path Over Govt House Poultry

By Ignatius  Okpara, Enugu

Deputy Gov. Enugu state Deputy Governor, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi on Tuesday described the evacuation of his poultry from his official residence in the Government House by officials of the Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority, ECTDA and Ministry of Environment as a wicked act and a clear exhibition of impunity by a power-drunk official of the government.

Enugu State Governor, Sullivan Chime

Enugu State Governor, Sullivan Chime

He said that the action of the official which was shocking to him, was intended to humiliate him and show how “politically impotent” he was.

Reacting to the evacuation of the 3,000 birds from his official residence and the statement by Governor Sullivan Chime’s Press Secretary, Mr. Chukwudi Achife on Monday, which claimed that the poultry constituted a health hazard to people working in the Government House, Onyebuchi alleged that those behind the act were hiding their actual motive.

He said that he was surprised that the statement from the government did not mention the alleged violation of the purpose clause in the Certificate of Occupancy for the Deputy Governor’s lodge as claimed in the two letters written to him over the poultry earlier sent to him from the office of Chief of Staff to the Governor.

According to him, “Violation of Purpose Clause which they claimed was the basis for their action was not mentioned in the press statement.

“The two letters which alleged violation of purpose clause of the C of O of the premises was dropped in the statement issued from the governor’s office on Monday.

“In the two letters they wrote to me on December 24 and 27, 2013 which I replied, they made mention of the Environmental or health hazard emanating from the poultry.

“In their press statement they claimed that they wrote me and asked me to clean up the place and I refused.  So let them produce a letter asking me to do that it is not true,” he stated.

The Deputy Governor recalled that in his reply to their letters, “I told them that the poultry area was designated Agriculture Unit and I want them to deny that the structure had been used as poultry before I became Deputy Governor.

“Let them also deny that I have not operated the poultry since 2008. And that is why I put in my Asset Declaration at the end of my first term in office and at the beginning of the current term that I have operated the same poultry and this was verified by the Code of Conduct Bureau.

“How suddenly my poultry became a health hazard when it has been in existence since 2008. “Let them also deny that there is no bigger poultry, piggery and cattle ranch in the Governor’s lodge.

“My poultry was properly run and cleaned because it was run with the Technical support from Enugu State Ministry of Agriculture” he insisted.

The Deputy Governor therefore, asked perpetrators of the act not to justify “an evil  and wicked deed by feeding the public with falsehood,” stating that “If they succeed in deceiving the public, they can never deceive God.”

“As I am talking to you now, the over 3,000 birds were confiscated from the poultry yesterday and their whereabouts is not known to me.

They also removed bags of feeds and feeders and other materials from the site,” he added. Asked what would be his next line of action, the Deputy Governor said:

“For now I am presenting the matter to God first of all because the person behind it is so powerful that my challenging her will be like using a vehicle to collide with a moving train.

“It is unfortunate that the person who is behind this answers a Deaconess in a church I have respect for.  So, let God be the judge and guide me on how to absorb the shock and the humiliation because I believe it is intended to humiliate me and show how politically impotent I am.

“Let them address the issues contained in their earlier letters and my response. They wrote me and I replied but rather than getting back to me they resorted to demolishing the poultry just to show that they have the power as part of the impunity that they have been perpetrating in the state.” He stated.

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