The governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, has suspended the Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Matters and Rural Development in the state, Mr. Samuel Okoronkwo.
The governor who didn’t give reason for suspending the commissioner, revealed this while declaring open the ITF programme in Abakaliki on Saturday.
Umahi said the suspension takes immediate effect, adding that his administration would not tolerate any action that would take the state back to the dark ages.
“The Commissioner for Local Government is hereby suspended from office effective from now. The highest officer, a civil servant, should take over and be attending Executive Council meeting until further notice.”
“This administration from day one has been built on the principle of justice, equity and fairness,” he said.
“In some of our programmes, we do equality of local governments, but in this kind of empowerment, we do equality of wards.
“So, what I expected to see here would have been for them to borrow a leaf from what we are doing to empower about 3,000 of our women and youths,” the governor added.
In a related development, the state’s employment committee was also disbanded by the governor