By Ojukwu Emmanuel Chiadikaobi
Governor Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta State has suspended the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon Omoun Perez, with immediate effect. This decision comes in the wake of ongoing concerns surrounding the implementation of the Greenhouse project by the State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Governor Oborevwori has not only suspended Hon. Omoun Perez but has also directed key officials to embark on compulsory leave pending the outcome of investigations. The affected officials include Bennett Agamah, Permanent Secretary; Engr Oki Yintareke, Assistant Director of Agricultural Engineering; and Gabriel Idiatacheko, Chief Accountant.
The state government, through a statement from the Press Unit at Government House, disclosed that a seven-man committee had been constituted to investigate the claims and perceived infractions related to the management of the scheme within the ministry. This committee is chaired by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kingsley Emu.
The statement clarified the government’s position, emphasizing that the suspension and compulsory leave were precautionary measures aimed at ensuring an unbiased investigative process. Governor Oborevwori affirmed that this action should not be misconstrued as an assumption of guilt, but rather a necessary step to uphold the integrity of the ongoing inquiry.
The governor’s commitment to a thorough investigation underscores the importance of transparency and accountability in government actions, especially when concerns arise over the management of crucial projects. The affected officials will remain on leave until further notice, following Civil Service extant rules, as the investigative committee delves into the intricacies of the Greenhouse project’s implementation.