Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Thursday, made a minor Cabinet reshuffle relieving two commissioners of their portfolios while reassigning four others.
The two commissioners who were dropped include Dr. Nicholas Azinge [Health], and Dan Okenyi [Culture & Tourism], while those reassigned are Mr. Asupa Forteta, formerly of the Directorate of Youths Development, now heads the Urban Renewal Directorate; while Karo Ilolo, formerly of Directorate of Urban Renewal Directorate now takes charge of the Youths Development Directorate.
Others are Hon. Bright Edejewhro, formerly of Local Government Affairs Directorate now heads Ministry Of Science and Technology and Hon Joyce Overah, of the Ministry of The Science and Technology now moves to Local Government Affairs Directorate.
The statement said the decision to reshuffle the cabinet is in line with the state government’s desire to re-energise the machinery of government and bring new impetus into service delivery.
Governor Okowa in a statement signed by the Secretary to State Government, Hon. Ovie Agas thanked the two commissioners relieved of their portfolios for their commitment and contributions to the SMART Agenda and wishes them success in their future endeavours.
It will be recalled that the Mr. Dan Okenyi who was dropped as Commissioner of Culture & Tourism was also removed from the Ministry of Lands and Survey last year following minor cabinet reshuffle.
According to the statement the cabinet reshuffle takes effect from February 8, 2018.
In a swift reaction, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has forwarded a nominee, Dr. Mordi Ononye, for appointment as commissioner and member of the State Executive Council to the Delta State House of Assembly.
The letter from the Governor conveying the name of the nominee was read at plenary, by the Speaker Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori.
The governor in the letter sought for the screening and confirmation of the nominee by the house.
It is unclear if the name of the nominee forwarded to the State’s legislature would be considered for any of the vacant portfolios.