After series of hide and seek game and denials by officials of Delta state government, especially the chief press secretary to the governor, Charles Aniagwu and others, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, on Thursday drove two commissioners, Dr. Nicholas Azinge of ministry of health and Dan Okenyi of culture and tourism from his cabinet.
The letter containing the sack was issued by the secretary to the state government, Ovie Festus Agas, and made available to journalists on Thursday morning.
The letter read in part: “Deltans are hereby informed that the governor of Delta state, Ifeanyi Okowa has effected a minor re-shufflement of the membership of the state executive council which takes effect from today 8th February, 2018.
“In this regard, Dr. Nicholas Azinge and Chief Dan Okenyi are no longer members of the executive council. Furthermore, some of the members of the council have been redeployed as follows:
- Hon Asupa Forteta – Ministry of Urban Renewal
- Chief Karo Ilolo – Directorate of Youth Development
- Hon. Bright Edejewhro – Ministry of Science and Technology
- Hon. Joyce Overah – Directorate of Local Government Affairs
“On behalf of the government and good people of Delta state, I wish to express our gratitude to the two Commissioners that have left the cabinet for their loyalty, commitment and sense of duty which marked their stewardship.
“In line with public service standards, they are to kindly handover all government properties in their possession to the permanent secretaries of their former ministries as we wish them success in all their future endeavours.”
Prior to the sack of Dr. Azinge, he was the Chief Medical Director of Delta state university teaching hospital, Oghara in Ethiope west, where some alleged he was receiving higher that his salaries as commissioner for health for the past two and a half years.
Also, some had said the number of those to be sacked was about 12 with some of the names mentioned above as being rumoured among the list to be relieved.
In a similar development, the governor has nominated Dr. Mordi Ononye as replacement for the commisioner of health