The Caretaker Committee Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in Edo State, Col. David Imuse Rtd. has berated Governor Godwin Obaseki of the state over delay in announcing his cabinet.
The Caretaker Committee Chairman who noted that it has been more than three months Obaseki assumed office for second term, lamented that the non-existence of exco members has crippled governance in the state, stressing that “this is unacceptable.”
In a public statement signed on his behalf by Victor Ofure Osehobo, Assistant State Publicity Secretary of the party, Col. Imuse reminded the Governor that when he announced the appointment of the Secretary to the State Government on November 16, 2020, he promised to make all other appointments in the first week of February, 2021.
He said while some of the governor’s supporters claim he is busy searching for competent hands and bidding his time to avoid making mistakes, the excuse is inane and only goes to portray an elected public servant with a strong desire to transform into a dictator.
Col. Imuse noted that this is the First week of March, adding that the Governor’s inaction has not only crippled government business but demonstrated that he is a man whose word is not his bond.
The statement reads:
“Edo State can ill-afford further delay by the Governor to make these vital appointments. Section 192 of the Nigerian Constitution, as amended is clear on the issue of State Commissioners, and permanent secretaries cannot do much as they look up to Commissioners, for direction on policy issues.
“The section gives the Governor a Public mandate rather than private, to appoint commissioners to form not just the state’s executive council, but also the think tank for the development of the state’s economy and well being of the people.
“Right now, the day to day operations of the different state ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), have come to a halt, while the coordination of important government businesses has become weaker with the unnecessary overload on the Secretary to State Government.”
The statement added that: “Since the Governor assumed office in November last year, over 100 days ago, with his disabled State Assembly, using permanent secretaries as acting heads of ministries whose capacities are limited, he has more or less turned a Sole Administrator.”
Col Imuse said, “Edo people are very disappointed by this attitude that this is 100 days after his assumption of office, for a second term, meaning he is not a first timer. The truth is that Edo people are tired of these excuses. He should act fast and in the public interest.”