Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki may have sacked the Commissioner for Environment and Sustainability, Reginald Okun, following his alleged inability to tackle challenges arising from his ministry.
Sources hinted that this may also explain why the General Manager, Edo State Waste Management Board, Prince Aiyamenkhue Akonofua, was retired.
It was learnt that Obaseki was peeved by the inability of the duo to keep Benin City clean and the incessant protest by street sweepers.
The sweepers, on Tuesday, poured out on the streets to demand unpaid six-month salary.
In November, they protested the non-payment of three-month salary of N18,000 per month.
The sources said Obaseki discovered that the affected officials could not take care of the sweepers and contractors handling part of the ‘Clean Benin City Project’.
Continuing, they said government was embarrassed by the protest as the contractors had been paid.
It was learnt the affected officials were in a meeting when news of their removal filtered to them.
A government source said Obaseki had warned political appointees and civil servants of dire consequences if they derailed his administration.
Okun’s sack was contained in a statement by Secretary to the State G It reads: “The state government directed the officials to handover their assignments to the most senior government official in their offices with immediate effect.
‘’They are also to handover all government property in their possession to the appropriate authorities.”
When contacted for comments, Okun said: “I am just leaving the office. I have no comments on my removal.”