Bayelsa State governor, Chief Timipre Sylva has announced the appointments of the Director-General of the State Tourism Bureau and Publicity, Mr. Nathan Egba and the Secretary of the State Capital City Development (CCDA), Mr. Ebiowei Doukpolagha as a replacement for the vacuum created by the exit of two commissioners from the state cabinet.
The replacements were to fill the vacuum created by the resignation of the Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Strategy, Chief Asara A. Asara and the sack of the Commissioner for Lands and Urban Development, Chief Ayakeme Whiskey over alleged incompetence and non performance.
The appointment was contained in statement aired on the state radio by the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Gideon Ekeuwei.
The appointment according to the statement takes effect from March 22, 2010. However in his first assignment, the Overseer of the Information Ministry, Mr. Nathan Egba, a former commissioner in the ministry yesterday dismissed as a misplaced of facts the claim by the sacked Commissioner for Urban Development and Housing, Mr. Ayakeme Whiskey that he was sacked based on his loyalty to the Acting President.
In a statement signed by the new Overseer of the Information Ministry, Mr. Nathan Egba, the state government considered as â€œchildishâ€ the claim by the sacked commissioner that his loyalty to the Acting President cost him his job.
He said â€œthe sacked commissioner is an under performer and his inability to get along with his superiors, colleague and even junior officers. His track record of working with principals whom he turns around to bad-mouth whenever sacked is well known from his days at the NDDC.
â€œThe sacked commissioner was removed because he could not deliver on his core mandate of providing affordable houses for the people of the state.
His lame excuses of not being adequately funded holds no water because he presided over the sale of both Ekeki phase II and Okaka Housing Estates, the proceeds of which he could have ploughed back to develop more units for the people of the state.â€