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Fear grips Bayelsa exco over sack of housing commissioner

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Fear has gripped members of Bayelsa State executive council, following weekend sack of the Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Chief Ayakeme Whisky.

The removal of the commissioner is coming on the heels of several weeks of speculation of a looming cabinet shake up in the predominantly riverine state.

Though the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Asara A. Asara, had a fortnight ago called it quit with the administration, alleging that he was done with politics.

This was, however, rejected by the Governor, who claimed  that Chief Asara did not follow due process in tendering his resignation letter.

However, the termination of Chief Ayakeme’s appointment, the first since the constitution of the present cabinet, was yesterday aired on the state owned radio, “The Gloryland FM.”

According to a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Ola Doifie, the Commissioner’s sack was hinged on alleged incompetence.

The statement ordered the Commissioner to hand over all government documents in his possession to the most senior officer in his former office.

The development, sources told Vanguard, is now causing panic among members of the state executive council, especially with the rumour making the round that the Governor has concluded plan to dissolve the exco.

A commissioner, who spoke anonymously, noted that the planned dissolution of the exco, though not confirmed, would not come as a surprise to him.

“Cabinet shake up is the prerogative of the governor and it is a normal practice for the chief executive to effect changes when the need arises. As for myself, there is no cause for alarm because it will eventually come,” he said.


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