Gele Agbai, Owerri
A mild drama has played out in Imo State, as the state governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma carried out a minor cabinet reshuffle twice in the last one week.
The first cabinet reshuffle occurred on March 24 when he swore-in four new commissioners.
The four new commissioners were Dr. Doris Nkiruka Anite, Mazi Uche John Ohia, Dr. Bartholomew Chukwunonye Okorochukwu and Professor Boniface Ginikanwa Nworgu.
While Dr. Anite replaced Mr. Chuck Chuckemeka as Commissioner for Finance and Coordinating Economy, Chuckemeka was redeployed to the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.
Dr. Okorochukwu was sent to Ministry of Health to replace Dr. Damaris Osunkwo, who was posted to Ministry of Mines and Solid Minerals.
The governor also posted Prof. Nworgu to the Ministry of Science and Technology while Mr. Tony Umezuruike, who headed Ministry of Public Utilities was reassigned to Ministry of Water Resources.
Mazi Uche John Ohia was assigned as Commissioner for Tourism; Barr Doris Akubuo Onyeali, Minsitry of Culture and Creative Arts, Mr. Ikechukwu Umeh, Ministry of Power and Dr Alias Martins Emedom Ministry of Sanitation and Hygiene.
However, the governor on Wednesday, announced another minor cabinet changes, to the surprise of many.
According to the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, the adjustment affected Barrister Enyinna Onuegbu, who was moved from Ministry of Lands, Survey and Physical Planning to Ministry of Power.
Chief Iyke Umeh, who was Commissioner for Power took over as the new Commissioner for Entrepreneurship and Skills Acquisition, while Hon. Noble Atulegwu who headed the ministry takes over Ministry of Lands, Survey and Physical Planning.
Emelumba, who announced the adjustment in Owerri said the changes take immediate effect.
Emelumba also announced the setting up of a committee for the full implementation of the recommendations contained in the state whitepaper on land use and other related matters.
The committee to be chaired by the Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Physical Planning has the Commissioner for Housing as Secretary, while the Commissioner for Works, the General Manager ENTRACO, the General Manager OCDA and others approved by EXCO as members.
Throwing more light, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, C.O. C Akaolisa said the governor deemed it necessary to carry out the exercise as a way of ensuring that the programmes and policies of the administration move on smoothly.
Akaolisa said: “No Commissioner was removed rather it is an attempt to put the right pegs in the right holes”.