Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has sacked the state’s Commissioner for Information, Tourism and Public Utilities, Dr. Vitalis Orikeze Ajumbe.
The governor revealed this in statement by his Principal Secretary, Dr. Paschal Obi, directing the sacked commissioner to hand-over all government property in his possession to the permanent secretary of the ministry.
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Ajumbe was sworn in 2015 as the interim management chairman of Imo Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) and later appointed the Commissioner for Internal Resources and Pensions Matters before his last appointment.
Pastor Ralph Afoaku was announced the new director general of the IBC, replacing Mrs. Esther Obong-Egbuna the former DG, who died three months ago.
The governor also sacked the Special Adviser to the governor on Public Enlightenment and Strategy, Mr. Kelechi Okpalaeke, and Special Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Justice Odika.
Chief Val Mbamala was announced the new Special Adviser on Public Enlightenment, while Anoayo Chukwu Obasi Odo Idiong is the Principal Officer to the Governor on Electronic Media.
Mr. Evan Enwerem (junior) is the Transition Committee Chairman nominee for Ikeduru Local Council. The statement also said all the appointments, are with immediate effect.
Meanwhile, over 1000 militants and agitators from oil producing area of the state- Ohaji Egbema and Oguta Local Government Areas, were reported to have laid down their arms following the state government’s decision to grant them amnesty.
The militants, in their numbers, were said to have stormed the Government House in Owerri to hearken to the call of Governor Rochas Okorocha, to drop their arms and embrace peace so the government can find a lasting solution to the underdevelopment and infrastructural decay that has enveloped the region over the years.