Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has directed that his Chief of Staff, Ephraim Inyang-yen, be relieved of his position.
The governorâ€™s directive was contained in a letter signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Emmanuel Ekuwem, and made available to newsmen on Tuesday.
In the letter titled â€˜Appreciation of Your Serviceâ€™, Emmanuel lauded the former commissioner of Works and Fire Service for his worthy contributions to the development of the state.
â€œHowever, given the urgent need to match skill set and competencies to the task of maintaining the momentum of economic development in peace, your services are no longer required and you are hereby relieved of your position, as Chief of Staff to His Excellency, the Governor with immediate effect.
â€œYou are therefore directed to hand over all property of government in your possession, to the Secretary to State Government.
â€œPlease, accept the assurances of His Excellency, the Governorâ€™s goodwill and highest regards as you proceed to other endeavours,â€ the letter partly read.
Our correspondent gathered that the sacking of the CoS, who is from the same place with the governor and had enjoyed his former principalâ€™s goodwill was not unconnected to his alleged recent outburst against the governor.
During his a recent visit to his paramount ruler over his senatorial ambition on Saturday, Inyang-yen was asked how he would provide effective representation to Onna when he had abandoned some roads during his days as commissioner of works.
Responding, Inyang-yen reportedly said he never touched a kobo during his time as commissioner, adding that the governor as the Chairman of the Finance and General Purpose Committee awarded all contracts.