*ADC stopped governor from slapping outspoken commissioner
More facts are oozing out of the crisis ridden sack of the Commissioners in Rivers State have recounted the events that led to their immediate sack by the state governor, Nyesom Wike, stating that the governor sacked them because they told him the truth about how he has been running his government awkwardly.
One of the Commissioners who pleaded anonymity said he and his colleagues had always been treated like rubber stamp in the cabinet of Nyesom Wike, while the governor has been ruling like an emperor.
He told www.gongnews.net in Port Harcourt, “we were like rubber stamp commissioners just like the members of the Rivers State House of Assembly. We don’t talk in Executive Council meetings. Only the Governor does the talking. The governor starts the meetings with intimidating talks and ends the meetings with even more intimidating and threat-filled talks.
“We had an Executive Council meeting, there and then we told the Governor to treat us as people that are also part of the government. One of us stood up to tell the Governor boldly that he, the Governor and only him alone is the one making all the money while the Commissioners cannot pay their children’s school fees, hospital bills and other bills.
“He went on to ask the Governor, Nyesom Wike, to explain to them what he did with the over N150 billion loan he took from banks in addition to statutory allocations from FAAC running into billions.
“He also asked the Governor to explain to them what he used the recently released Paris Club Refund of about N35 billion for.
He said at that point Wike became so livid with rage and went straight to the bold Commissioner to deliver on him a dirty slap before his ADC intervened. According to the Commissioner, the intervention by the ADC prevented what he said would have resulted in a free-for-all in the Council Chambers.
Wike, according to the Commissioner said, “I have the power to hire and fire. I will activate it here and now.”
The governor in a fit of rage then turned to one of his aides and said, “Simeon, announce their sack immediately, enough of this nonsense.”
The sack of Commissioners came barely a week earlier, after the governor sacked the commissioner for works while his counterpart in the Information Ministry resigned
Wike, who announced the dissolution, at a news conference in Port Harcourt, did not give reason for his action. He directed the former commissioners to handover all government property in their possession to the Permanent Secretaries of their respective ministries.
The governor commended them for diligently serving the state and wished them success in their future undertaking.
A few days ago the governor sacked his Commissioner for Works, Mr Bathuel Harrison, while the Commissioner for Information, Dr Austin Tam-George, resigned his appointment on Thursday. Wike had, a few months ago, also sacked the Commissioner for Health, Theophilus Ndagme for undisclosed reasons.