Freshly inaugurated as the Governor of Cross River State, Senator Bassey Otu has made the decision to relieve Mr. John Odey of his duties as State Auditor General, effective immediately, News About Nigeria reports.
Mr. Oko Inaku, acting as the representative of the State Civil Service Commission, conveyed a termination notice on behalf of the governor to Mr. Odey.
The governor personally handed over the letter, instructing Mr. Odey to transfer his duties to the Director of Administration.
In the letter addressed to the Auditor General, Mr. Oko stated, “I have been directed by His Excellency, the Governor, to request your retirement with immediate effect.”
Furthermore, an official statement was released, indicating that the Director of Administration would assume the role of heading the Audit Department “until further notice.”
The Cross River State Government expressed gratitude for Mr. Odey’s service and extended well wishes for a successful retirement.
It is worth noting that Governor Otu recently discharged Mrs. Franca Inok, the Auditor General for Local Government, in a similar manner last Friday.
Governor Otu, who has just taken office, wasted no time in implementing changes within the state government.
By relieving Mr. John Odey of his duties as State Auditor General, he has made a clear statement of his intentions to instill new leadership and direction.
The termination letter, personally delivered by Mr. Oko Inaku, the Chairman of the State Civil Service Commission, left no room for ambiguity.
The governor’s directive was explicit – Mr. Odey was to retire immediately and hand over his responsibilities to the Director of Administration.
In an official statement, the Cross River State Government expressed appreciation for Mr. Odey’s years of service. Although his tenure has come to an end, they wished him a successful retirement.
The decision to remove Mr. Odey from his position is not an isolated incident.
Governor Otu had previously dismissed Mrs. Franca Inok, the Auditor General for Local Government, in a similar manner just a few days earlier.
This pattern of action suggests a deliberate effort by the governor to make significant changes within the state’s auditing and governance structures.