Onyeka Onwenu’s Replacement At Women Centre Suddenly Dies at 57

Acting DG Woman CentreThe National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), Abuja, has announced the death of its Acting Director-General, Alhaji Abdulmalik Dauda who succeeded Onyeka Onwenu.

Mr Mohammed Aliyu, Protocol Officer to the director-general, confirmed the news to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

Aliyu said Dauda died on Friday in an auto crash, along Abuja-Kaduna Expressway, while returning from an official assignment.

Born on Aug. 27, 1959, in Niger state, Dauda was survived by two wives ‎and five children.

Aliyu added that the remains of Dauda ‎had been buried according to Islamic rites in his home town in Niger.

The deceased took over from renowned entertainer, Onyeka Onwenu on Feb. 16, 2016 following the removal of 26 heads of government agencies and parastatals by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Onyeka Onwenu

*Onyeka Onwenu

Onyeka Onwenu  had alleged sabotage, blackmail and ethnic chauvinism against her while in the office.

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Onwenu said she was subjected to hate to such a level that a Fatwa was allegedly issued against her but was later denied, all the simple reason that she was a musician an Igbo woman at that

The music icon was appointed into that position by the former president Goodluck Jonathan.

In a statement made available to the media after her removal, she said, “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.

“The first such salvo was fired when a Senate Committee visited on an oversight mission a few months after my arrival. All three Generators at the Center were cannibalized, overnight, just hours to the visit.”, Onyeka Onwenu said.

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She said that she endured all manners of insults and denigration orchestrated and nurtured by the incumbent  the Acting DG, who went about  went about whipping up ethnic sentiments against her.

For her, it was surprising that all these happened with the apparent support  from  the parent ministry of encouraging indiscipline.

According to her, “Somehow, these people were given the impression that they could attempt to do what they did to me and nothing would happen. That is very sad indeed. The Ministry also has a case to answer. They helped to create that impression.

“A situation where the Ministry could invite a Management Staff to a trip abroad without informing the DG and the Staff would only inform her principal via txt message, from the Airport as she is leaving the country, creates an atmosphere of indiscipline and anything goes.

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“The Ministry should restrain itself to its spelt out function and not undermine the authority of the DG”, she said.


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