Akwa Ibom governor suspends senior government official

Akwa Ibom’s government suspended the chairman of the state’s Local Government Services Commission, Valentine Attah.

Mr Attah’s suspension, announced in a press release on Wednesday from Akwa Ibom’s (SSG) Secretary of State Government Emmanuel Ekuwem, came hours after state governor Udom Emmanuel dismissed the commissioner for agriculture and food self-sufficiency, Uduak Udo-Inyang. .

SSG Mr Ekuwem said the governor suspended Mr Attah for “unauthorized” recruitment of people into the state civil service.

Mr Attah would remain suspended, pending an audit of the recruitment exercise, SSG said.

“To this end, the appointments of those who have benefited from said recruitment are declared null and void,” added the SSG.

Mr. Attah, until then considered a respectable technocrat in Akwa Ibom’s civil service, previously served as chairman of the state hospital’s management board.

Considered a political leader in the Uyo local government area, Mr. Attah was among those who worked for the re-election of Governor Emmanuel in the general elections that have just ended.

Ahead of the inauguration of Mr. Emmanuel’s second term on May 29, political circles in the state fear that cabinet appointments and other appointments may deviate from the tradition that political ties are seen as a great advantage.

“I can tell you this, the governor is going to clean up a lot of damage in this state and put the state back on the path to rebirth. It won’t be business as usual; appointments will be given strictly on merit, ”a senior government official told PREMIUM TIMES a few days before Mr Attah’s suspension and the commissioner’s dismissal.

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