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Why Bayelsa commissioner was sacked, by Egba

By Samuel Oyadongha

Yenagoa— Overseer of Bayelsa State Information Ministry, Mr. Nathan Egba, a former commissioner in the ministry, yesterday dismissed as a misplacement of facts, claims by the sacked Commissioner for Urban Development and Housing, Mr. Ayakeme Whiskey, that his sacked was based on his loyalty to the Acting President.

Egba, whose appointment as Director-General of the State Tourism Bureau and Publicity, was announced yesterday by the state governor, Chief Timipre Sylva, alongside that of  Mr. Ebiowei Doukpolagha, as the Secretary of the State Capital City Development Authority, CCDA,  were made as replacements 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 former Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Strategy, Chief Asara A. Asara, and sack of the former Commissioner for Lands and Urban Development, Chief Ayakeme Whiskey, over alleged incompetence and non-performance.

The appointments were contained in a statement aired on the state radio by the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Gideon Ekeuwei.

The appointments, according to the statement, take effect from 22 March 2010.

Egba said in a statement that the state government considered as childish, the claim by the sacked commissioner that his loyalty to the Acting President cost him his job.

He said:   “The sacked commissioner is an under-performer and was unable to get along with his superiors, colleagues 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.

“The 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.”


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