Sweepers Protest: Obaseki Sacks Commissioner For Environment
Barely 48 hours that street sweepers protested non-payment of six months allowance in Edo, the state Governor Mr Godwin Obaseki, has sacked the Commissioner for Environment and Sustainability, Mr Reginald Okun.
In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Osarodion Ogie, the commissioner was asked to hand over all government properties in his custody to the most senior official in the ministry.
According to the statement, 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 as shown by the statement, a copy of which was made available to our correspondent.
While thanking the sacked public officials, the governor prayed that they succeed in their future endeavour.
However, the statement did not state any reason for the officials’ disengagement from the state service, our correspondent gathered that it was due to the protest by the street sweepers.
The protesters claimed that they were owed allowances spanning six months, a situation which they said exposed them to hardship and debts.
They had also accused the government of failing to fulfil its earlier promise to pay their entitlements.
Earlier in the week, the governor had said that the government did not owe the sweepers, urging them to approach the private firm that engaged them but the street sweepers refused.
The sweepers said that it was the government that engaged them.
Angered by the manner in which the commissioner was handling the contractor, Obaseki had to take a drastic action, which of course was to relieve the commissioner of his duty.