Exclusive: Gov. Okowa set to dissolve cabinet, major shakeup expected
Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is expected to dissolve his cabinet with a major shakeup expected, paving way for formation of a new cabinet as his second tenure begins, an official familiar with the plan told TheNewsGuru (TNG).
TNG reports the official did not state if Governor Okowa will carry out outright dissolution of cabinet or if he is going to retain certain officials for certain positions.
According to the official, who asked not to be named because the preparations remain confidential, formation of the new cabinet has been under consideration by Okowa since he embarked on his last official leave.
“Any time soon, we are expecting a major cabinet shakeup by Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa.
“Already, commissioners, special assistants, personal assistants and other top government officials who would be affected are aware. Myself, I am not left out,” the official told TNG.
TNG reports Peter Mrakpor is Attorney General of the State, David Edevbie is Finance Commissioner, Kingsley Emu in charge of economy planning, and Henry Dakota in charge of special duties government house.
Others are Chika Ossai in charge of lands, survey and urban development, Chiedu Evie in charge of basic and secondary education, and Ernest Ogwezzy in charge of special duties.
While Bright Edejewhro Edozie is in charge of science and technology, John Bank is in charge of environment, James Augoye is in charge of works, Omatsola Williams in charge of women affairs, community and social development, Vincent Uduaghan is in charge of transport.
Patrick Ukah is in charge of information, Joseph Ogeh in charge of Housing, Joyce Overah in charge of local government, Mary Iyasere in charge of commerce and industry, Emmanuel Chinye in charge of culture and tourism, Oghenekaro Ilolo in charge of youth development, and Newworld Sefugha is in charge of power and energy.
Jude Sinebe is in charge of higher education, Morsi Ononye in charge of health, Takeme Julius in charge of urban renewal, Freeman Fregene in charge of oil and gas, and Utomi Joseph in agriculture.
“Many have speculated that Governor Okowa is most likely to appoint Works Commissioner James Augoye as Secretary to the State Government (SSG), but as it stands, no one knows his or her fate; anything can happen.
“Some officials might be dropped, with new faces emerging. The Governor is taking his time to ensure that he constitute the right cabinet to consolidate on the feat of his first tenure.
“The Governor had said it is his wish to be remembered as a Governor who did better in the second term,” the official said.
Meanwhile, the Delta State Transition Committee today presented its report to the State Governor, who assured the committee that his next tenure will be more fruitful to the people of the state.
Receiving the report of the 20-man committee which was presented in volumes by its Chairman, Prof. Sam Oyovbaire in the presence of all the members of the committee and some members of the state executive council on Thursday in Asaba, the Governor thanked members of the committee for their commitment to the affairs of the state which led to the speedy delivery of the report.
“On behalf of the government, the people of Delta State, I want to thank the Chairman of the committee and its members for putting up this report within six weeks of inaugurating this committee.
“I believe that most of the things we did in the first tenure were as a result of the implementation of the report of the transition committee which we acted on and as such, the report of this committee will be very useful to us as we work for a stronger Delta in the next four years.
“Some persons have asked me why we are setting up transition committee bearing in mind that I am continuing as Governor till 2023 and I have told them that the committee need to assess what we did in the first tenure independently and advise us on what to do in the areas we need to improve on and also, applaud us in the areas we need to sustain because, I will like to be remembered at the end of my tenure as a Governor who has done very well,” Governor Okowa stated.
Prof. Oyovbaire had while presenting the report, commended Governor Okowa for setting up the transition committee, disclosing that the committee considered a lot of issues before arriving at the report and urged Governor Okowa to make the report available to Ministries, Departments and Agencies when approved to ensure synergy in the delivery of democratic dividends to the benefits of Deltans.