Delta Technical Education Commissioner Resigns

Waffi TV learnt that the former federal lawmaker expressed that her resignation aims to create opportunities for others to rise.

By Johnson Atoukudu

Hon. Joan Onyemaechi, the Commissioner for Technical Education in Delta State, has tendered her resignation from Governor Sheriff Oborevwori’s administration.

Waffi TV learnt that the former federal lawmaker expressed that her resignation aims to create opportunities for others to rise.

It was gathered that the position of council chairman rotates among the three clans within the council: Ogwashi Uku, Ubulu-Ukwu, and Nsukwa. Allegedly, the former council chairman, who is also the younger brother of the commissioner, is being pushed onto the people by the commissioner, despite his tenure ending in March 2024.

The Nsukwa clan populace strongly maintains that it’s their turn to nominate the next council chairman. They implore the commissioner of education (technical) not to exploit her influence and proximity to power to undermine the agreed zoning arrangement.

In response, Onyemaechi dismissed the agitation and accusations as unfounded, stating that she refuses to be manipulated by those who view politics as their personal domain.

Addressing her church congregation during a church service at her church in Asaba on Sunday, Onyemaechi announced her resignation from the cabinet of Governor Oborevwori as commissioner for education (technical) to pave the way for her younger brother who is contesting the council chairmanship position.

Onyemaechi disclosed that following the bickering and jealousy being faced by her family over her brother’s second-term bid, she decided to tender her resignation in the interest of her brother and clan.

She said: “Praise thy Lord, I just want to put it on record, I came to minister today to you here as a former commissioner of the Ministry of Technical Education. In my local government, my younger brother is the council chairman, he’s done one tenure and he is returning for the second tenure and the position is zoned to my clan. 

“And there are people agitating and fighting that why am I the one always favoured in government? That I am a commissioner, why should my brother return as a council chairman for a second tenure? 

“And when something is zoned to your clan, you have to be very careful and we have three clans. The Nsukwa clan has done their two tenures, Ogwashi-uku did her two tenures, so it came to Ubulu and incidentally, my younger brother is the council chairman.

“And for us to complete our second tenure, they said why should brother and sister occupy two positions and for me I was given the opportunity and privilege to rise politically so I must allow another person to rise as well. 

“So, I have decided not because he’s my brother because if it were another person I would do the same by resigning for such a person’s interest. And since the position is zoned to our clan and they said because of my own position, my brother will not be allowed to do his second tenure, so I went to my boss, the governor, and appealed to him that I wanted to resign so that my brother can go back to the council to do his second tenure which is due to my clan. 

“So I have resigned as commissioner to enable my brother to complete his second tenure.”

She was among the twenty-six commissioners that was sworn-in last year by the Executive Governor of Delta state, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori.


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