Ebonyi EXCO Effects Minor Cabinet Reshuffle

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By; MKPUMA ENYINNA, Abakaliki

As part of the outcome of Monday’s  Ebonyi State Executive Council meeting, some executive council members were reshuffled and assigned  new portfolios in other ministries.

The Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Barr. Uchenna Orji announced this while addressing newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council held on Saturday.

According to the Barr.Orji, the Commissioner for Infrastructural Development for Concession, Chief Romanus Nwasum has been redesignated as Commissioner for Special Duties, while Mr. Chidozie Igwe is to serve as Special Assistant on Housing.

The Exco in session, also approved the recall of the suspended traditional ruler of Ishinkwo Ukawu with a caveat to ensure law and order in his community.

“Exco resolved to lift the suspension of the Traditional Ruler of Isinkwo Ukawu effective 26th day of November, 2022. Exco noted that there had been decorum and abatement of hostilities since the suspension of the traditional ruler.

“Exco directed that the traditional ruler must undertake to continue to keep the peace in the area as a condition for his reinstatement.”

The Commissioner stated that the Exco also approved activities for Christmas programmes for categories of Ebonyians beginning from December 9,  to make the Yuletide memorable.

The Information Commissioner also announced the setting up of a Committee headed by Commissioner for Trade and Investment to review agreement with Computer Village merchants over delay in commencement of activities at the site.

He further noted that the Exco also set up another committee headed by Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Mr Uchenna Orji among others, to review the State Anti Corruption Law.

“Exco considered the draft State Anti- Corruption Bill presented before it by the Hon. Commissioner for Justice and Attorney- General and resolved to set up a review Committee made up of: the Commissioner for Information & State Orientation-Chairman, the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, SA Legal Member, Perm Sec Min of Justice, Other Exco members who are Lawyers.”

Commissioner Orji also announced the constitution of a Committee headed by Special Assistant on TAs and STAS to verify shop allocation at the Saint Margaret Umahi International Market Abakaliki.

“Exco constituted a committee to verify shop allocations in St. Margaret Umahi International Market. Members of the Committee include: Engr. Collins Eze-Chairman, acting Chairman, Board of Internal Revenue-Secretary, SA Deputy Governor’s office-member, Dr (Mrs.) Ngozi Obichukwu-member, Commissioner for Finance and-member, Accountant General-member, Principal Secretary to the Governor-member.

Terms of reference:to find out the number of shops allocated, those paid for, evidence of payment and other matters connected thereto, they have Seven (7) days to submit their report.”

On the UBEB Projects, Commissioner Orji said Exco set up a Committee to review the project performance and revert to the Council.

The Information Boss while noting that the Executive Council considered the request and approved the request of 20% discount sale of the remaining 14 plots at the Salt City Estate also spoke on a number of other decisions at the meeting.

“Today, Ebonyi State Government in Exco received a delegation from Oziza Community in Afikpo North Local Government Area with regard to the State Government Property named Pontoon.

“This is consequent upon a letter from elders of Afiikpo North LGA including the Chairman of the Forum of Afikpo North Elders & D-G EBBC, Engr. Timothy Nwachi, the Deputy Speaker EBHA, Rt Hon Kingsley O. Ikoro, the Chairman of Afikpo North LGA, Hon Uchenna N Ibiam, the Chairman of SUBEB, High Chief Hycinth Ikpor and Prof. Amari Omaka, SAN.

“Exco noted that the state government has deliberated on the matter severally including deliberation by the House of Assembly and the setting up of over 3 different committees which had deliberated on the issue and came up with the same verdict that the pontoon was properly disposed in line with the laws of the State and that any attempt to reverse the decision will amount to setting the state on fire as such may invoke similar applicability on other government properties acquired from communities in other locations in the state.

“In view of the foregoing, EXCO affirmed before a delegation from Oziza Community namely Chief Dan Umeh-President General, Mr. Obasi David Amadi – Secretary General, Dr. Gabriel Ugwu – Secretary General – ATWA, Mr. Uche Noble Ajuka, Mr. Nwachi Isu and Barr Patrick O. Egwu that the Pontoon was properly acquired and that Government cannot reverse its position.

“Exco admonished the delegation invited to Exco to ensure compliance with the decision of government and that any act of breakdown of law and order will be viewed as an affront on the powers of government and will be visited with appropriate sanctions.

“Exco further, advised that should Ozziza so desire the pontoon, they could encourage the youths and leaders of the community to dialogue with the successful bidder and government will be willing to do the needful in that regard”.

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