Prominent PDP Governor Sacks Commissioner, Gives Reason

Prominent PDP Governor Sacks Commissioner, Gives Reason

  • The governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki, has sacked Engr. Newton Okojie, his commissioner for Roads and Bridges
  • A statement announcing Okojie's sack on Monday, October 31, indicates he lost the job over alleged poor performance
  • Governor Obaseki directed the Permanent Secretary in the ministry to take charge pending the appointment of a substantive commissioner

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Benin, Edo state - Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has sacked the commissioner for Roads and Bridges, Engr. Newton Okojie.

Okojie's sack was disclosed in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Osa Nehikhare, in Benin, on Monday, October 31.

Governor Obaseki/Newton Okojie/Commissioner for Roads and Bridges/Edo State
Governor Obaseki sacked Newton Okojie, Edo state's commissioner for roads and bridges, saying his performance was below par. Photo credit: Edo State Government of Nigeria
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Why did Obaseki sack roads commissioner Newton Okojie?

The statement announcing Okojie's sack implies that the commissioner was relieved of his job over alleged poor performance.

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“Its unfortunate that we have not been able to make the envisaged progress in our road infrastructure particularly in the last 12 months.
"And sadly, the commissioner as much as he had tried, was not able to make significant progress for the state government to achieve its goal," the statement reads.

Permanent secretary Osikhena Omoh Ojior to take over

Despite the sack, Governor Obaseki thanked the commissioner for his service to the state.

He also directed the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Engr. Osikhena Omoh Ojior, to take charge pending the appointment of a substantive commissioner.

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In a similar development, Governor Obaseki recently approved the restructuring of the state’s civil and public service to cut waste in government and eliminate duplication of functions.

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This was disclosed after the weekly Executive Council meeting chaired by Governor Obaseki at the Government House in Benin City on Wednesday, September 21.

With the development, ministries in the state have now been cut down from 22 to 18, while Ministries, Departments and Agencies have been reduced from 105 to 72.

Nigeria will break up if APC wins 2023 elections, says Obaseki

In other news, Governor Obaseki, on Monday, October 24, warned that Nigeria will break up if the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, win the 2023 general elections.

He made the comment at the inauguration of the Edo state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s campaign council in the state.

The governor said no right-thinking person will vote in the APC and Tinubu in next February’s presidential election.


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