- Reactions have been trailing the recent news of the sack of Rivers state commissioner for environment, Igbiks Tamuno
- Critics of the Rivers state government say the decision was not taken due to non-performance of the sacked commissioner
- A public affairs commentator, Dr Uche Igwe, says the sacked official was already making progress in his duties before his sack
A foremost research scholar and public affairs commentator based in the United Kingdom, Dr. Uche Igwe, has condemned the sack of the Rivers state commissioner of environment, Igbiks Tamuno.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Wednesday, March 31, Dr. Igwe described the action of Governor Nyesom Wike as a reprehensible confirmation that he does not respect or value the lives of his people.
So far no official reason has been given yet for the action by officials of the Rivers state government.
However, rumours within the state suggest the official was sacked for disallowing c construction company from polluting the environment and also for his recent comments on how to tackle the perennial problem of soot and poor air quality in Rivers.
According to Dr. Igwe, Mr. Wike has left no one in doubt that he is brazenly out to play politics with human lives.
Part of the statement read:
“Look at what he did during the peak of covid. As a governor, one will expect that he will be at the forefront of the soot problem that has put the lives of residents at risk. Rather he will sack a Commissioner who took the initiative to help.
“Such distasteful action must be condemned by all lovers of environment and sustainable development. Enough is Enough.”
He said the recent interest shown by the former commissioner in addressing the environmental challenges in Rivers state offered a ray of hope, lamenting that his sack might have put those expectations on a pause.
Legit.ng had on Tuesday, March 30 reported that the commissioner was relieved of his duties by Governor Wike.
Tamuno's sack is contained in a statement signed by Wike's special assistant on media, Kelvin Ebiri.
Last year, Dr Igwe had called on the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to prevail on Governor Wike to proceed on mandatory isolation immediately for two weeks.
Dr Igwe said his advise to the NCDC was as a result of the governor's participation in a public event where the protocols of social distancing were not adhered to.