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Entertainment of Saturday, 20 February 2016


No one has the right to deprive me of my rights - Onyeka

Elegant singer cum politician, Onyeka Onwenu has attributed her sack as Director General of National Centre For Women Development to tribalism.

In an open letter to the Federal Government, she advised total re-organisation of the centre even as she expressed satisfaction with her performance in her less than three years of service at the centre.

Her words: “When the call came on September 13, 2013, to serve the Nigerian people as DG National Centre For Women Development, I took it as a call from God and I answered in the affirmative.

“I served for 2 years and five months and did my best under very difficult conditions. We hardly had money to operate and the place was badly run down. Worst, there was low morale and lack of commitment among the staff. Most spent the day loitering and gossiping. Many would not show up for work or arrive at 11am, only to leave before 3 pm. Some were absent for months and were just collecting their salary at home.

“My administration changed all that. Most staff were turned around and became passionate about the work, appreciating also the changes they thought were not possible but were happening right before them.

“There remained, though, a remnant who felt that the centre was their personal preserve and that the position of Director General should only go to someone from their part of the country. I was initially dismissed as just a musician. When that did not work, I was targeted and abused for being an Igbo woman who came to give jobs to and elevate my people while sidelining them.

“When these detractors could not provide answers to the spate of improvement we were bringing, they resorted to sabotage and blackmail. Such salvo was first”.