Gele Agbai, Owerri
Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma on Wednesday, May 12, swept away Mr. Iyke Umeh, the injured Commissioner for Entrepreneurship and Skills Acquisition alongside 19 others in a major cabinet shake-up.
The governor announced this to Government House correspondents after the State Executive Council meeting.
Robbers had battered Umeh’s leg during an armed robbery operation that occurred on April 25 at Orji, on the outskirts of Owerri, the state capital.
The former commissioner was driving an unmarked security vehicle together with the governor’s aide on inter party affairs, Dominic Uzowuru when the attack took place.
Other commissioners who were also sacked are Love Ineh (Housing), Kingsley Ononuju (Special Projects), Noble Abiaso Atulegwu (Lands), Simon Ebegbulem (Commerce/Industry), Elias Emedom (Social Welfare); Enyinnaya Onuegbu (Power); Rex Anunobi (Transportation); and Fabian Ihekweme (Foreign Affairs).
The rest are Tony Umezuruike (Public Utilities); Francis Dibiagwu (Special Duties); Lambert Orisakwe (Agriculture and Natural Resources); Obiageri Ajoku (Livestock Development); Bernard Ikegwuoha (Education); Iyke Njoku (Environment); Chuck Chukemeka and Damaris Osunkwo.
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The governor however retained commissioners of Finance (Doris Anite), Works (Ralph Nwosu), Information (Declan Emelumba), Science and Technology (Boniface Nwogu), Health (Bartholomew Okorochukwu, Sports (Dan Ogu), Women affairs (Nkechi Ugwu) and Tourism (Uche Ohia).
Speaking with our correspondent shortly after, the governor’s spokesman, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku said the cabinet shake-up is to pave way for the injection of fresh blood in order to achieve the purpose of the administration.