Wike Sacks Commissioner

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has sacked the State Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Igbiks Tamuno.

This is according to a statement signed by the governor’s special assistant on media, Kelvin Ebiri on Tuesday.

The statement says Governor Wike has “directed the sacked Commissioner to submit all Government Documents and Property in his possession to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment”.

However, the Governor while explaining the reason behind his decision in a statement on Wednesday, said Tamuno wrote to construction company, Julius Berger, to stop work in the state without his approval.

He also disclosed that the sacked commisioner never notified the Ministry of Works before writing the letter.

“I don’t know how a commissioner can write to a company to stop work without my approval. He wrote to Julius Berger to stop construction in the entire State.

“Commissioners however do not have such power and some of the people don’t know the limits of their power.

“These are contractors working for the state government and he never notified the Ministry of Works.

“Also, we have paid Julius Berger, so ordering them to stop work is giving them avenue to ask for variation,”

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