By Austin Ogwuda
ONE week after he made public plans to re-organise the apparatus of government in the state to ensure better service delivery, the Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, yesterday, sacked his Special Assistants and Political Aides with immediate effect.
Governor Uduaghan had, during a thanksgiving service at First Baptist Church in Warri, held in respect of his victory in the January 6, gubernatorial re-run election, said he had learnt some lessons between the time his election was annulled on November 9, last year and when he returned to office and vowed to checkmate those whose activities constituted a cog in the wheel of progress in the state.
The sack order was conveyed in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Dr. Beatrice Omeni.
The SSG in the statement said that “those affected are all Senior Special Assistants to the Governor, Special Assistants to the Governor, Political Assistants to the Governor as well as political aides to the Governor.”
According to the statement, all affected officers had been directed to return all government property, including vehicles in their possession to the Permanent Secretary Directorate of Government House Protocol, Asaba, where they would be issued with a written clearance.
The governor also directed all affected political office holders who maintain offices to hand over office furniture, equipment, files and keys to the office to the office of the Secretary to the State Government”, adding that “the return of all government properties in their possession is a condition for the payment of any benefit”.
Similarly, the governor also approved the dissolution of all youth and women development committees in the state.