Gov Wike To Sack His Commissioner Of Works, George Kelly Alabo

Says he is part of the problem delaying projects in the state.

– Stephen Wobo, Port Harcourt.

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has threatened his Commissioner for Works, George-Kelly Alabo, with termination over delay on a road construction project in the Abua/Odual Local Government Area (LGA) in the state.

The people of Rivers State especially the youth are also not happy with the commissioner who is recently forming busy to the people and hardly replies his mails nor attend to productive events he is invited to attend.

In December, the DMOMA Awards organizers stepped down his name from the 2022 DMOMA Award list for his ‘non-challant’ attitude towards public concernd.

Now, Gov Wike gave the commissioner a 24-hour ultimatum while conducting the flag-off of construction of Ekagho-Ogboloma-Adada Link Road in the state on Friday.

The governor stopped his address midway to seek out the representative of the contractor, Lubrik Construction Company. He was however informed that the woman in question had left after addressing the audience.

Turning to an official off-camera, presumably his Commissioner of Works, Wike asked, “Why have they not mobilised to Abua? They collected the money; they collected [for the roads] here, so why have they not mobilised?”

The government official responded inaudibly to which the governor said, “What is preliminary works? Did they collect our money preliminarily? Call the company, now! Let them come here.”

When a man of South-Asian descent appeared before the governor, the latter asked why the company had not “moved to site on the other road in Abua” after collecting the state government’s money.

“Soon we will start to move to that place,” the unidentified contractor replied.

“Commissioner for Works, I give you 24 hours. If they don’t move to site, return our money immediately,” the governor said to cheers from the Ekagho residents.

‘That’s why our problem is not only the company. Even those that are supervising the job are part of the problems we have.

“This company has collected the money more than two months ago, and you’re telling us now that they are preparing after [taking] money from us. Let them not move to site till tomorrow, I will sack you as the Commissioner for Works.”

According to Wike, there is no basis for the delay.

“You see, part of the problem—that’s why our problem is not only the company. Even those that are supervising the job are part of the problems we have.”

By Okoye Chidiebele

Am Flamboyant. Oku!

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