- A huge shake-up in the cabinet of Governor Hope Uzodinma has come as a surprise to affected appointees
- Uzodinma explained how the decision will benefit governance in the state
- Imo state has been experiencing some security challenges in recent times
Emerging reports indicate that the governor of Imo state, Hope Uzodinma, has sacked 20 of his commissioners.
According to The Nation, the governor announced the sacking of the officials on Wednesday, May 12, at the end of the usual weekly executive council meeting.
The commissioner for information and strategy, Mbadiwe Emelumba, who spoke on behalf of the governor, told journalists that Uzodinma took the decision to enable effective governance in the state.
He disclosed that the eight members of the cabinet retained by the governor include the commissioner for finance, science and technology, health, works, information, youths and sports, women affairs, and tourism.
The Punch reported that the sacking of the 20 commissioners came just one month after the governor reshuffled his cabinet.
According to the publication, the firing of the officials came as a surprise to the affected appointees, as there was no sign that the announcement would be made.
Uzodinma who recently alleged that some of his appointees were sabotaging his administration wished the affected appointee well in their future endeavours.
Meanwhile, Governor Hope Uzodinma has assured residents of Imo that their safety is guaranteed despite the pocket of attacks witnessed in the state in recent times.
The governor made the declaration on Wednesday, May 5 when he presented vehicles and gadgets to security agencies in the state.
He also warned criminal elements to steer clear of Imo, saying his administration will not condone any act of criminality in the state anymore.
In another news, Uzodinma claims security agencies have identified those behind the recent attacks in the southeast state.
The Nation reported that the Imo state governor said the names of those involved in the attacks will be released in a few days and the specific roles they played so that they can face justice.
According to the newspaper, Uzodinma stated this at the end of the Church service at Government House Chapel, Owerri on Sunday, May 2.