- Governor Wike said he sacked his environment commissioner because he overstepped his boundary
- The Rivers state governor said the sacked commissioner ordered the stoppage of construction works without his approval
- According to Wike, such order is beyond the power of a commissioner
Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers state, finally has revealed why he sacked the commissioner for environment, Dr Igbiks Tamuno.
Legit.ng reports that Dr Tamuno was sacked on Tuesday, March 30. However, the statement wherein the sack was announced did not disclose why the governor took the action.
Speaking on Wednesday, March 31, at the signing of contracts for the Trans -Kalabari Road project and the Saakpenwa-Bori -Kono Road project at Government House, Wike said he sacked the commissioner because he did not know the limit of his power, Daily Trust reported.
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The Rivers state governor explained further that the sacked commissioner wrote to Julius Berger to stop construction work in the state without his approval, The Nation also reported.
Wike said the former commissioner's act amounted to sabotage.
“I don’t know how a commissioner can write to a company to stop work without my approval. And Julius Berger for that matter, to stop construction in the entire State. I have never heard of such thing before. I didn’t know that commissioners have so much power like that.
“I’m saying it because some of you don’t even know the limit of your power. These are contractors working for the state government. He (Tamuno) never interfaced with the Ministry of Works. We have paid Julius Berger and you ask them to stop work, so that they will come and ask for variation later?”
Meanwhile, 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.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Wednesday, March 31, Dr Igwe described the action of Governor Wike as a reprehensible confirmation that he does not respect or value the lives of his people.
According to Dr Igwe, Wike has left no one in doubt that he is brazenly out to play politics with human lives.
It was gathered that the sacked commissioner issued the order to stop the company from further polluting the environment.