Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade has sacked four commissioners and five special advisers from his cabinet.
Their sack was announced in a statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Christian Ita, on Monday.
“The State Governor, His Excellency Prof Ben Ayade has approved the relieve of the following persons of their appointments: Mr Mike Usibe (Commissioner for New Cities Development);Rita Ayim (Commissioner for Women Affairs); Mr Asu Okang ( Commissioner for Information and Orientation); and Ntufam Donatus Etim (Commissioner for Climate Change and Forestry).
“Similarly, the underlisted persons have also been relieved of their appointments: Mr Leo Inyambe; Rt Hon Orok Otu Duke; Mr. Victor Okon (Alausa); Mr John Etim Bassey and Hon Agbiji Mbeh Agbiji,” the statemenr read.
It added, “Consequently, they are hereby directed to return government properties and vehicles in their care with immediate effect to the Chief Staff to the governor.
“His Excellency thanks them for their services to the state and wishes them well in their future endeavours.”
Unconfirmed reports said that some of the affected commissioners had earlier resigned from the positions following the governor’s defection from PDP to ACP few weeks ago.