Cross Rivers State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade has terminated the appointment of some top government officials in his cabinet over what he termed as “laxity” from government appointees.
The Governor on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 terminated the appointment of Ursula Agbor, who served as his Special Assistant on Media and suspended Akpanke A. Ogar, of the Cross River Internal Revenue Service.
Details of the recent development were contained in a press statement released by the governor through his Chief Press Secretary, Christian Ita.
The governor, in the statement, instructed his estranged media aide to hand over all government property in her possession to the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the governor.
Mr. Ogar, chairman of the Cross River Internal Revenue Service, on the other hand, was asked to hand over all relevant documents to the Auditor General of the State, John Odey, who would be serving as the IRS boss in an acting capacity pending the appointment of a replacement by the governor.
The suspension and sack may be coming after a perceived laxity in service by the governor, amongst his appointees in recent times.
Ayade in his statement went as far as daring any commissioner who does not exude capacity to relieve himself or herself from office, adding that no iota of ‘slack’ (laxity) from government officials will be tolerated henceforth.
The statement read in part:
*….. consequently, His Excellency has directed the auditor general of the state, John Odey to immediately take over as the acting chairman of the Service.
In another development, governor Ayade has restated his administration’s commitment and will no longer tolerate any slack from commissioners and heads of departments, agencies, and parastatals
Consequently, His Excellency is by this announcement requesting voluntary resignations from commissioners and heads of departments, agencies, and parastatals, who do not manifest the capacity or will to deliver on their mandates.
His Excellency believes that it is dignifying to resign honourably and quietly than to be relieved of one’s appointment.
It will be recalled that Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike had earlier fired his Commissioner for Environment, who ordered Julius Berger that was handling critical state government projects to stop work without the governor’s consent.