Ebonyi governor sacks council chairpersons, reshuffles cabinet

Governor Dave Umahi
Governor Dave Umahi

Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi has sacked the 13 Local Government Council Caretaker Chairpersons he appointed a year ago.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Emmanuel Onwe.

“The Caretaker Chairmen are directed to hand over to Heads of Personnel Management (HPMs) in their respective local government before the close of business on thursday 8th September 2013,” the statement said.

The governor thanked the sacked officials for their services to the state and wished them well for the future.

The governor, according to the statement, also effected a minor reshuffling of his cabinet.

Elizabeth Nwogbaga, who was in charge of Ministry of Border Peace and Conflict Resolution, was moved to Culture and Tourism Ministry..

Francis Orji was transferred from the Ministry of Water Resources to Border Peace and Conflict Resolution.

Euphemia Nwali will leave the ministry of Culture and Tourism to take charge of the Water Resources Ministry.

It was a direct swap between Donatus Njoku of Solid Minerals and his Economic Empowerment and Job Creation counterpart, Sabinus Nwankwegu.

According to the statement, all hand over processes must be concluded by 12noon on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, apprehension has gripped cabinet members following reports of impending major cabinet reshuffle in which many of them are expected to be sacked.

Though, no official statement has been issued, sources close to the governor said the dismissals is planned for between October and December.

“The governor wants to begin the new year with a new team as some of the commissioners have performed well below expectations,” said the source who did not want his identity revealed.

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