Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State on Wednesday sacked the 13 Local Government Area Caretaker Chairmen he appointed a year ago. This was contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Sen 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 Governor expressed his gratitude 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. Hon. Mrs. Elizabeth Nwogbaga who was in charge of Ministry of Border Peace and Conflict Resolution was moved to Culture and Tourism Ministry while Engr. Francis Orji was transferred from Ministry of Water Resources to Border Peace and Conflict Resolution. Also, Mrs. Euphemia Nwali will leave the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to take charge of the Ministry of Water Resources.
It was a direct swap between Donatus Njoku of Solid Minerals and his counterpart of the Economic Empowerment and Job Creation, Rt. Hon Sabinus Nwankwegu. According to the statement, all hand over processes must be concluded by 12noon on Wednesday.
Vanguard gathered that there were apprehensions among the State Executive council members following reports of impending major cabinet reshuffle as some members may likely be sacked. Though, no official statement have been made on the issue, sources close to the Governor say the reshufling is planned between October and December this year.
“The Governor wants to begin the new year with a new team as some of the commissioners have performed well below expectations,” the source said.