Governor Ifeanyi Okowa fired 25 state commissioners, the Secretary to the State Government, the Chief of Staff Government House, the Senior Political Adviser, among others on Tuesday.
Mr Charles Aniagwu, the immediate past Commissioner for Information, revealed this while briefing reporters on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting, saying the change was made to make space for new leadership to enable the administration achieve its goal of a stronger Delta.
The 25 Commissioners, Secretary to the State Government, Mr Chiedu Ebie; Chief of Staff, Mr David Edevbie; Senior Political Adviser, Mr Funkekeme Solomon; Chief Strategist, Festus Agas, and Special Advisers are among those affected by the dissolution, Aniagwu Said.
The Governor, according to him, thanked members of the dismissed cabinet for their contributions to his administration’s achievements over the past six years, including those who joined in the last two years.
According to Aniagwu, Okowa has ordered all affected former political appointees to report to their respective ministries’ Permanent Secretaries. Before the dissolution, he said, the exco approved an amount of N2.8 billion for the purchase and upgrading of facilities at the state’s three newly formed universities.
According to him, the Cabinet also approved Bernard Onomugo’s dismissal from the State Civil Service for allegedly hiring names into the state payroll.