Information obtained by bellng.com from insiders in Enugu State Government House, popularly known as Lion Building, indicated that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi sacked three of his Commissioners for poor performance.
The three commissioners affected in the cabinet reshuffle announced very early on Thursday were Dr. Godwin Udeuhele (Information), Mr. Charles Ndukwe (Youth and Sports) and Barrister Smart Ogbe (Inter-Governmental Affairs).
It was gathered that Dr Uduehele, a former aide to Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu was removed because he could not perform the role of chief pilot of the Governor’s media team.
Uduehele, who holds a Phd in Political Science was found wanting and inexperienced in his duties, leaving the Governor with no option than to remove him.
Udeuhele was replaced with a new Commissioner Mr. Ogbuagu Anikwe who now takes charge of Information.
Anikwe was sworn in during the meeting of the State Executive Council yesterday alongside Mr. Joseph Udedi who was deployed to the Ministry of Youth and Sport as replacement for Mr. Charles Ndukwe who failed to take Nigerian League Champions, Rangers International of Enugu beyond the first round of the CAF Champions Cup.
For now, no replacement has been announced for Barrister Smart Ogbe who was removed as Commissioner for Inter Governmental Affairs, also for alleged non performance.
At the inception of Ugwuanyi administration, Ogbe was appointed as Commissioner for Tourism but he allegedly contributed very little to revamping the huge tourism potentials of Enugu State including the moribund Presidential Hotel Enugu, which has been taking over by cattle grazers.
He was at a time redeployed to Inter Governmental Affairs and subsequently removed during yesterday’s reshuffle.
A statement from the Governor’s media office stated that he reshuffled his cabinet in order to further enhance effective delivery of good governance to the people of Enugu state.
The changes came as a first step in the move by Governor Ugwuanyi to reshape his cabinet
The new helmsman at the State Ministry of Information, Mr. Ogbuagu
Anikwe, a veteran journalist and public communications strategist, joined the State Executive Council from Business Day Newspaper where he served as chairman of Editorial Board of the outfit.
Anikwe who had over the past decades cut his teeth in the journalism
Profession was News Editor at The Guardian and later Editor of Daily Times Nigeria.
Having honed his skills in public communications over the years, the
New commissioner had also worked as World Bank consultant for the Federal Inland Revenue and a number of State Governments.
He was also the spokesman for the Federal Government’s Committee on Power Sector Reforms, working with the Presidential Taskforce on Power and the Federal Ministry of Power.
Hence, he has brought a huge depth of wealth of experience to bear on his new task as the Government spokesman in the coal city state.