Headmistress of a primary school at Amaetiti Asaga Ohafia, in Ohafia Local Government Area, Abia State, Mrs. Maryleen Ezichi, has been reportedly demoted to a classroom teacher for allegedly embarrassing the wife of Abia State Governor, Nkechi Ikpeazu.
It was reported that during an interactive session with the Governor’s wife after the inauguration of her free meal programme for primary school pupils in her school, the headmistress had complained that ‘teachers were being owed several months of salary arrears and allowances’.
The headmistress told the Governor’s wife that teachers had been finding it difficult to meet their financial obligations like the payment of house rents, school fees for their wards, medical bills, transport fare to work and had pleaded with her to intercede on their behalf.
It was gathered that two days after, the headmistress was whisked away to Umuahia from the school, where she was handed a letter of deployment and instructed to proceed to the new station immediately as a classroom teacher.
It was gathered that Ezichi was transferred to the Ukwa-East Local Government Area — about 140 kilometers from her former school — to serve as a deterrent for her ‘impunity and lack of respect for constituted authority’
However, a Personal Assistant on Media to Governor Ikpeazu, Uche Olehi has debunked the claims that Ezichi was demoted because she insulted the Governor’s wife.
In a telephone chat with news agents, Olehi said there is no truth whatsoever in the news making the rounds as the woman was said to be running a beer parlour at the school premises and was found out when the First Lady visited the school.
“There is no truth in the news making the rounds that the headmistress was demoted for complaining about unpaid salaries.
It was discovered that she was running a beer parlour on the premises of the school and this is very unethical.
Coupled with that, the illegal structure was placed on a drainage thereby causing flooding whenever it rained. Many parents and other residents had complained about the infraction and after the First Lady and her team went to the school and saw the beer parlour in the school, the state task force moved in to demolish the shack.
I cannot say if the headmistress was demoted or transferred but I can tell you that the First Lady had nothing to do with it,” Olehi said.