Gov Wike Gives Reasons For Sacking Environment Commissioner

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Governor Nyesom Wike of has revealed why he dismissed the Commissioner for Education, Dr Igbiks Tamuno.

The commissioner was sacked on for his alleged sabotage against the Government.

Shortly after signing contracts for the of more major roads in the state, Wike, at on Wednesday said, “I don’t know how a commissioner can write to a company to stop work without my approval.

“And Julius Berger for that matter, to stop in the entire State. I have never heard of such before, didn’t know commissioners have so much power. I’m saying it because some of you don’t even know the limits of your power.

“These are contractors working for the state government. He (Tamuno) never interfaced with the Ministry of Works. We have paid Julius Berger and you ask them to stop work so that they will come and ask for variation later?”

Wike said the two new road contracts he signed, including the Trans-Kalabari Road phase one and the Saakpenwa-Bori-Kono Road phase two projects demonstrate the importance his administration places on opening more rural communities for development.

On commitment to see their completion before exiting office, the Governor said, “Many have said all these things are political statements. We want to let you know that they are political. We are serious about it. If there is one road that be completed within time, it is the Trans-Kalabari Road.

“It is very to us, to link so many communities within the Kalabari area. So, we have tied our funds to these roads. Every month; you (contractors) don’t need to come to us, or write to us to you’ve done 50 metres, 100metres or 1km, .

“The money is paid to you directly every month by the banks. N1 each. For the Trans-Kalabari road, which is about N13 . We believed that you have excuse to finish the road in 14 months. I am going to commission those roads next year.”

On the significance of the projects, he said, “I hear people are criticising us that we are doing roads everywhere. How do you develop a community without roads? The thing to development is road infrastructure. How do you promote agriculture when you cannot evacuate whatever is produced from the farm.

“How do you talk about capital development when cannot have roads to schools. Even to access service you need a road to go to the health facility. investor can come to a place when there are roads. Let me tell those from Kalabari, I will take any sabotage.

“If anybody tries to sabotage the work, then your people will suffer because I’ll cancel the contract. Even the companies, they shouldn’t cause the crisis to sabotage the work. I will not hesitate to take drastic action.”