Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, has suspended the Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Matters and Rural Development in the state, Mr. Samuel Okoronkwo.
Umahi, who announced the suspension while declaring open the ITF programme in Abakaliki on Saturday, also disbanded the state’s committee on employment
He 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 governor, however, did not give reason for the commissioner’s suspension.
“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,” the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted the governor as saying on Saturday.
“This administration from day one has been built on the principle of justice, equity and fairness.
“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.”