Obaze decried the fact that Anambra State Government has failed to pay the severance packages of former council chairmen and council members. Similarly, he deplored the failure of the state government to pay the housing allowance and other entitlements of retired judges including several former chief judges, which force the judges to seek legal remedy.
Referring to the imperative of good governance and the interface between the government and the governed, the former United Nations’ official said “you can disagree with people on matters of principle but you can’t withhold their entitlements because of such disagreements.”
He recalled the various roles he played while serving as the SSG to former Governor Peter Obi’s administration to ensure that people’s entitlements and severance packages were paid expeditiously.
On the state government’s decision to appoint of Local Government caretaker committee chairmen, instead of holding elections, Obaze said that as per the Constitution, only a force majure could stop such an election. It was thus unconscionable for anyone who enjoys the legitimacy conferred on him by votes of the people to deny local government chairmen and council members such legitimacy. He advocated that the people at the grassroots should be given the opportunity to elect their local government officials. He encouraged the people to insist on having credible local government elections in Anambra State.
Mr. Obaze is the former Secretary to the State Government of Anambra State, Nigeria from 2012 to 2015 - MD & CEO, Oseloka H. Obaze. Mr. Obaze also served as a former United Nations official, from 1991-2012, and as a former member of the Nigerian Diplomatic Service, from 1982-1991.
Selonnes Consult Ltd. is a Strategic Policy, Good Governance and Management Consulting Firm, founded by Mr. Oseloka H. Obaze who served as Secretary to Anambra State Government from 2012-2015; a United Nations official from 1991-2012 and a Nigerian Foreign Service Officer from 1982-1991.