ASABA- Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa yesterday sacked two Commissioners over alleged non-performance and redeployed four others to other ministries with immediate effect.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Festus Ovie Agas, and made available to journalists in Asaba.
The two Commissioners relieved of their offices are, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Nicholas Azinge and the Commissioner in charge of the Directorate of Arts, Culture and Tourism Chief Dan Okenyi.
Those redeployed include: Mr Asupa Fortete, the Commissioner in charge of Directorate of Youth Development who was redeployed to Urban Renewal while Mr Karo Ilolo, who was in charge of Urban Renewal, was moved to the Directorate of Youth Development.
It was gathered that the Commissioner that was in charge of the Directorate of Chieftaincy and Local Government Affairs, Mr Bright Edejero, has being taken to the Ministry of Science and Technology while the Dean of Commissioners who was in charge of Science and Technology, Joyce Overah, has been moved to the Directorate of Local Government Affairs.
It was gathered that the governor had directed the affected Commissioners to immediately handover government properties in their possessions to the Permanent Secretaries (PS) of their former ministries.
It would be recalled that last week, there was apprehension among the Commissioners following plans by Okowa to dissolve his cabinet and inject fresh blood into the system ahead of the 2019 general elections.
An impeccable Government House source confided in our correspondent that Okowa in an Exco meeting held last week which lasted till about 9pm, told the Commissioners of his concluded arrangement to dissolve his cabinet in no distance time and begged that those that would be affected should not leave the party.
Also, Dan Okenyi, was redeployed from the lucrative Ministry of Lands, Survey and Urban Development to the Directorate of Arts, Culture and Tourism, following alleged forgery of Okowa’s signature and his involvement in alleged land racketeering.