Ohakim reshuffles cabinet

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Ohakim reshuffles cabinet

The Governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim has today ended speculations making the rounds in the state in respect of the dissolution of his cabinet with what he called a minor cabinet reshufflement.

The Governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim has today ended speculations making the rounds in the state in respect of the dissolution of his cabinet with what he called a minor cabinet reshufflement.

In a release made available to reporters and signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Cosmas Iwu., The relese readsOhakimhe release stated that "His Excellency, Chief Ikedi Ohakim has authorized a minor reshufflement of his cabinet with immediate effect".

In the process, five Commissioners were dropped and six Executive Assistants were also relieved of their duties. The list includes three strategic appointees.

The Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Prof. Nnamdi Obiareri topped the list of those relieved of their appointment. The list includes Johnson Okafor, who was relieved of his appointment as the Commissioner for Culture. Chief Emma Amafili who occupied the seat as the Commissioner for Public Utilities was also affected in the minor shake up.

The Ministry of Women Affairs was not left out of the long expected adjustment as the Commissioner incharge of the Ministry was asked to take a bow out of the cabinet.

The Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Chief Ben Obinali was not spared in the reshufflement either, a situation which sent cold shivers down the spines of

The Executive Assistants affected in the exercise are Chief Hilary Ogu, Chief Ifeanyi Odoemenam, Engr. Greg Madu, Ikeagwuonu Ogochinyere, Mr. Peter Anwuka and Hon Gideon Meffor.

The strategic appointees dropped in the exercise are Chief Joseph Nzepuome, Chief Elvis Agukwe, Liaison Officer and Chief Bonny Ebili, Liaison Officer.

The release directed the affected officers to conclude all hand over processes before the close of work on Monday, 26, January 2009.

Stressing that the Commissioners should handover to their Permanent Secretaries and those whose ministries do not have Permanent Secretaries should handover to the Chief of Staff Government House, Sir, Emma Ohakim.

According to the statement by the SSG "His Excellency, however, wishes to express his profound gratitude to the out-going members of the State Executive Council, Executive Assistants and Liaison Officers for their loyalty and unqualified services to the people of Imo State and wishes them Godís guidance and success in their future endeavours"

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