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Obaseki drops eight commissioners, nominates six replacements



Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has reshuffled his cabinet, dropping eight commissioners and nominating six replacements. He also appointed five special advisers.

Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Osarodion Ogie, stated yesterday: “The Edo State Government has approved the reshuffle of the State Executive Council (SEC), and the commissioners named below relieved of their appointments with effect from the date of this announcement: Commissioner for Energy and Water Resources, Joseph Ugheoke; Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Magdalene Ohenhen; Commissioner for Infrastructure, Osahon Amiolemen; and Commissioner for Health, Dr. David Osifo.

“Others are Commissioner for Youths and Special Duties, Mika Amanokha; Commissioner for Budget, Mariam Abubakar; Commissioner for Wealth Creation, Cooperatives and Employment, Emmanuel Usoh; and Commissioner for Science and Technology, Dr. Christopher Adesotu.”


The statement named Damian Lawani, Joe Ikpea, Felix Akhabue, Moses Agbakor, Momoh Omorogbe and Marie Edeko as those newly nominated for appointment as commissioners.

Appointed as special advisers, according to Ogie, are Kabiru Adjoto, Magdalene Ohenhen, Osaigbovo Iyoha, Andrew Momodu and Ojo Asien.

The outgoing commissioners were advised to hand over all government property in their possession to the permanent secretaries in their ministries.

Disturbed by the frequent flooding of major towns in the state, Obaseki has begun demolition of illegal structures to tackle the menace.

The move is to keep faith with government’s urban renewal plans and prevent man-made disasters.

Affected are structures on waterways, moats, right of way, riverbanks and those under high-tension electric lines.

Addressing reporters yesterday during the exercise in Ugbor village, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Erimona Edorodion, stated that notices had severally been issued for removal of the structures that contravened extant state town planning laws.

He said the exercise became necessary following the threats of climate change.

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