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24 Rivers Perm Secs May Lose Job Over Wike’s 100 Days

Posted: Sep 6, 2015 at 1:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Daniel Abia P/Harcourt

For failing to make public appearance at the people’s forum organized to mark the one hundred days of Governor Nyesom Wike’s government, 24 permanent secretaries in the state ministries may lose their jobs.

The People’s Forum was one of the many events earmarked to present the administration’s one hundred days in office score-card to the people.

The occasion also served as an interactive session between the government and the masses.

Hints of that the state government may sack the absent permanent secretaries came when one of the permanent secretaries in the Ministry of Works, Paulinus Nwankwala, was found to be absent when he was called up by the governor to respond to questions asked by the people about the condition of roads in Etche local government area of the state.

A visibly angry Wike said: “Some of those (permanent secretaries) who were not appointed by us are trying to sabotage our government. We will use the necessary law to replace those permanent secretaries who are not here.”

The event took place at the Obi Wali International Conference Center in Port Harcourt, venue of the event.

Wike used the occasion to intimate the people of the state that though his administration inherited an empty treasury from the previous administration, he had been able to embark on eighty six (86) road projects, 98 per cent of which had been completed within the 100 days time-frame.

According to him, “Rivers state is not among the states in Nigeria that have been given bailout by the federal government. All the projects we have done so far, we sourced for funds. We did not collect any bailout from the federal government.”

Wike expressed confidence that he would get victory at the election petition tribunal in Abuja after which his government would settle down for real business of developing the state.

“We have marched our pronouncements with actions; we have restored dignity and independence to the Judiciary and the State Assembly,” he said.