Governor suspends commissioner

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has suspended the Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Matters and Rural Development, Mr Samuel Okoronkwo.

Umahi, who announced the suspension when he declared open the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) programme in Abakaliki on Saturday, also disbanded the state’s committee on employment

He said that the suspension was with immediate effect, adding that his administration would not tolerate any action that would take the state back to the dark ages.

The governor, however, did not give any reason for the commissioner’s suspension.

“The Commissioner for Local Government is hereby suspended from office effective from now. The highest officer, a civil servant, should take over and be attending executive council meeting until further notice.

“This administration from day one has been built on the principle of justice, equity and fairness,” he said.