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Obaseki Sacks Commissioner Over Sweepers Protest



Edo governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki

Obviously embarrassed by the protest staged on Tuesday by Edo state sweepers over 6 months unpaid salaries, Governor Godwin Obaseki, today sacked the Commissioner of Environment and Sustainability, Mr. Reginald Okun over alleged incompetence.

The sweepers who marched through the streets of Benin chanted anti-government slogan as they marched to government house the seat of power to demand for their salaries.

LEADERSHIP however gathered that the sack of the commissioner may not be unconnected with his inability to key into the governor’s developmental agenda.

The governor it was gathered was said to have expressed disappointment over the poor handling of the matter.

Besides, the General Manager, Edo State Waste Management Board, Mr. Aiyamenkue Akonofua, has also been retired.

The governor also directed that the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Mrs. Obahiagbon R.E., be redeployed.

In a statement signed by Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, the state government directed the officials to “handover their assignments to the most senior government official in their offices with immediate effect. They are also to handover all government property in their possession to the appropriate authorities.”

In the statement, the government thanked the disengaged officials for their service to the state and wished them well in their future endeavours.