The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on Wednesday sacked the Commissioner for Environment and Sustainability, Mr. Reginald Okun – a move believed to be connected to incessant street sweepers’ protest over non payment of salaries.
Obaseki also approved the retirement of the General Manager of the Edo State Waste Management Board, Mr. Aiyamenkue Akonofua.
The governor also ordered the redeployment of the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mrs. R. E. Obahiagbon, according to a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Osarodion Ogie,
He urged the disengaged officials to hand over their duties to the most senior government officials in their offices with immediate effect.
While thanking the affected appointees for their service and wishing them well in their future endeavours, he also directed them to hand over all government property in their possession to the appropriate authorities.
The street cleaners had staged a protest over the alleged non-payment of their outstanding allowances spanning six months, by the Edo State Government.
The protesters claimed that the sitaution has exposed them to hardship and debts. They had also accused the government of failing to fulfil its earlier promise to pay their entitlements.
Obaseki had said that the government was not indebted to them as they were hired by contractors. But the aggrieved sweepers maintained that they were engaged by the government.
The governor was reportedly angered by the poor handling of the contractors by the ministry.