Okowa locked out of office, keys missing



WHAT was supposed to be a pleasant first working day for Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa turned into an embarrassment yesterday as he was unable to gain access into his office at the Government House complex.

Okowa, sworn in Friday May 29 was being conducted round the different offices by the Permanent Secretary, Government House and Protocol, Mr. Benson Oburoh when to their amazement it was discovered that the keys to his office, under lock could not be found.

A Government House source however, denied assumptions that immediate past administration went away with the keys, insisting that they may have been misplaced by aides to the new governor who are supervising some renovation works in the office.

Meanwhile, others like Plateau and Abia States governments have hit the ground running, making key appointments.

Plateau Governor Simon Bako Lalong named Mr. Rufus Bature as the Secretary to the State Government (SSG).

Bature, a Berom indigene where the former Governor Jonah Jang comes from, stuck his neck out to campaign for the All Progressives Congress (APC) against Jang’s anointed and favoured candidate, Senator Gyang Pwajok.

To compensate this rare display of bravery and feast, Bature was appointed yesterday as the (SSG). Also appointed Chief of Staff is John Dafwan while Barrister Yusuf Gambo Hawaja was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff and Silas Vem is appointed Deputy Chief of Staff to the Deputy Governor.

Also on the list of appointments is the Director – General Research, Prof. John Wade. Wade was Vice Chancellor of the Plateau State University Bokkos who left after serving the mandatory four years as head of the university. He was appointed VC under the Chief Joshua Dariye’s Administration.

Mr. Cyril Tsenyil is also appointed the Accountant-General of Plateau while Cletus Kangkum becomes Principal Private Secretary to the Governor. Mr. Emmanuel Nanle, who had played an active role in making sure that Lalong won the governorship elections, is appointed Director of Press and Pubic Affairs.

The statement yesterday signed by Mr. Izam Azi, Permanent Secretary, Policy and General Services to the Governor, said that the appointments are with immediate effect.

Also, Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel has appointed the immediate-past Chief of Staff, Government House, Etekamba Umoren, as the Secretary to State Government (SSG).

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