Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri
Imo State Governor Emeka Ihedioha has fired the chief executives of all statutory boards and parastatals in the state.
Also sent packing were all heads of commissions, corporations and agencies as well as political appointees.
The development came less than 24 hours after Ihedioha suspended the chairmen of the 27 councils along with their deputies and councillors.
A statement on Tuesday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Chibuike Onyeukwu, said, “The action is in the overriding public interest, and in order to give government an opportunity to execute the policies, programmes and agenda that brought it into power.
“Consequently, the chief executives are directed to hand over the affairs of their various establishments to the most senior civil servants.”
Onyeukwu said the sacking of the council bosses was in accordance with the provisions of sections 4, 5, and 6 of the Local Government Administration Law 2019 (as amended) and S.73(3) of the Imo State Local Government Administration Law No 15 of 2000 (as amended).
He said the governor had appointed interim management committees for the councils.
The statement also said Ihedioha had approved the removal of the chairman and members of the state Independent Electoral Commission.