LAST Wednesday, Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, dissolved his cabinet, relieving 20 of his 28 commissioners of their duties. He said the dissolution became necessary to re-jig and reenergize the system for maximum productivity.
But inside sources told Sentry that the move was part of the governor’s efforts towards ensuring peace and strengthening the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
It was gathered that following widespread consultations within and outside the state, the governor was of the opinion that he needs a new cabinet so as to allow for more input from other stakeholders within and outside the ruling party. This informed the retention of some of commissioners.
“The governor has a great team. He appreciates all of them and will still be happy to give them opportunities. But there is a great need to open our arms and welcome diverse opinions in the administration of our dear state,” an aide to the governor told Sentry on Thursday.
The ministries whose commissioners were retained are Finance, Science and Technology, Health, Works, Information, Youths and Sports, Women Affairs and Tourism. We hear that majority of those dropped may not make their way back into the cabinet as the governor is very willing to allow the party, APC chieftains and other interests make suggestions on how the cabinet should be re-jigged.