Ebonyi State Governor, Francis Nwifuru, on Saturday, announced the sack of the Head of Service, HoS, Mrs Rita-Mary Okoro, the senior special assistants on religious and welfare matters, Rev. Fr. Abraham Nwali and others appointed by the former governor, David Umahi.
Recall that Umahi, on 27 May 2023, during a valedictory session of the executive council meeting, retained Okoro, Nwali, Commissioner for Workers and Transport, Ogbonna Abara, Commissioner for Aviation and Technology, Mrs. Obianuju Alo, to work with Nwifuru’s administration.
Umahi also retained the Special Assistant on Airport Project, Frank Ngwu, Special Assistant on Ring Roads, Felix Otta, and Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Mrs Chioma Nweze, as consultants for the state government.
Nwifuru, in a statement signed and made available to newsmen in Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi State, by his press secretary, Monday Uzor, said the termination of the above appointments by the former governor is with immediate effect.
According to him: “The Governor of Ebonyi State, Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru, has approved the termination of appointments of all political office holders appointed by the previous administration with immediate effect.
“All the affected appointees are directed to hand over all government property in their possession to the most senior civil servant in their respective Ministries, Departments and Agencies.”
Nwifuru, however, exempted Permanent Secretaries and political officer holders in the Civil Service Commission, Judicial Service Commission, Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission and Anti Corruption/Public Complaint Commission from the sack.