- Ifeanyi Okowa, the governor of Delta, has disclosed that he needs a set of state officials that are focused on his administration's agenda
- Okowa said some of his former commissioners lacked this quality, hence his decision to dissolve the cabinet
- The governor, however, expressed gratitude to the sacked cabinet members for their efforts in bringing about a stable government
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Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state has revealed why he relieved his commissioners of their duties.
Okowa said some of his cabinet members were beginning to pay more attention to their personal ambitions, thereby distracting his administration from its focus.
The governor made this revelation as he spoke with journalists in the state on Wednesday, May 19.
He denied claims that the former commissioners were sacked due to incompetence on their part. In fact, the governor admitted that some of them have been instrumental to produce a powerful government.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by the Delta state government quoted Okowa as saying:
"Obviously, there has been a lot of distractions among some members of exco. We have be working effectively and strong, some of them have been very useful and I must thank them, I must acknowledge that a lot of them have worked with me to be able to achieve that which we have achieved.
"But in the next two years, we need to be able to reduce the level of distraction in governance. And if you do not take that action I may have an exco that is currently divided in the two years and that will not enable me to achieve my vision."
Earlier, Okowa, on Tuesday, May 18, announced the government's decision to dissolve the cabinet. The governor also directed all permanent secretaries to take charge of the various ministries with immediate effect.
This decision also affects the secretary to the state government, chief of staff to the government house, and Okowa's senior political adviser.
During a press briefing on Tuesday, Charles Aniagwu, a former commissioner for information, explained that the governor's resolve was aimed at giving room for fresh blood to strengthen the administration’s vision of building a stronger state.