Why I Sacked Works Commissioner – Wike

Nyesom WikeGovernor of Rivers State, Barr. Nyesom Wike, has replaced his Commissioner for Works, Kevin Wachukwu, with Harrison Bethel Iheanyichukwu.
He also administered the oath of office on caretaker committee chairmen in 17 of 23 local government areas in the state, after their Monday’s screening by the House of Assembly.
Wike, according to his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, said the new commissioner needs to work hard to deliver on the new Rivers projects.
He said: “I have a covenant with the Rivers people to deliver quality projects. No commissioner will drag me back”.
The governor urged Iheanyichukwu to always be on the road, supervising projects and reporting progress of work.
Justifying the sack of the former commission, Wike said although Wachukwu is intelligent, he could not keep up with the pace of work in the ministry.
He, therefore, charged the new commissioner to take his work serious, saying “There should be no compromise”.
“The day you misinform me on the status of projects, will be the day you will be sacked. The day you begin to use your office to form rings will be the day you will lose out”, Wike warned.
Meanwhile, the governor has urged the new caretaker chairmen to work with security agencies to fight insecurity in their areas.
He also charged them to ensure the regular payment of workers’ salaries, adding that in no circumstance should the local government chairmen deduct their security votes before paying salaries.
Wike directed the caretaker chairmen to ensure improved sanitation in their areas and specifically charged the chairmen of Port Harcourt City, Obio/Akpor, Eleme and Ikwerre local governments to be alive to their responsibilities in that regards.