Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, on Monday, May 31, sacked four of his cabinet members including his Commissioner for Information, Mr Asu Okang and eight others.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media & Publicity, Mr Christian Ita, and made available to newsmen, he directed that all those affected should return government property in their possession with immediate effect.
The statement said:
“The state governor, His Excellency, Prof Ben Ayade has approved the relief of the following persons of their appointments as commissioners: Mr. Mike Usibe, Rita Ayim, Mr. Asu Okang and Ntufam Donatus Etim.
“Similarly, the under listed persons have also been relieved of their appointments : Mr Leo Inyambe, Rt Hon. Orok Otu Duke, Mr. Victor Okon (Alausa), Mr. John Etim Bassey and Hon. Agbiji Mbeh Agbiji.
“Consequently, they are hereby directed to return government properties and vehicles in their care with immediate effect to the Chief of Staff to the governor. His Excellency thanks them for their services to the state and wishes them well in their future endeavours”.
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However, one of the Commissioner’s, Ntufam Donatus Etim had already resigned his appointment on May 21, 2021, before his “sack” today.
Our correspondent learnt that the sacked officials had refused to join the governor in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).