Governor Udom may likely reshuffle his cabinet anytime soon, credible sources in government have told TheMail Newspaper.
According to the sources, the governor in a bid to get the best from his cabinet members is considering swapping/changing the portfolios of the Commissioners/Special Advisers.
Our sources informed that some commissioners who are seen to be largely underperforming would be taken to other ministries in a bid to get them to be efficient.
It is learnt that probably only one or two new commissioners may be appointed into the state executive council.
It could be recalled that the governor, during the swearing-in of commissioners/special advisers in August had stated that he may appoint more commissioners before end of the year.
“Let me use this opportunity to appreciate some of our exco members who have served with us in the past 5 years, some are still serving. Some will bow out today not because they have not performed well but it is because if you are going on a journey, at some point you must pause as the captain to reappraise, re-assess and redefine each components of the parts that you need depending on the kind of terrain that you are running. I think the current terrain needs this. And don’t be surprised, we may have to do similar thing like this (swearing-in of new commissioners) again before this year runs out because are poised, charged to deliver on all fronts”, the governor said during the swearing in exercise.
The governor and members of his cabinet were in Lagos last weekend for an exco retreat that lasted from Friday through Sunday.
The retreat which was themed: “Leading Akwa Ibom State Beyond Hard Times” was organized by JC Management Ltd, Abuja.
Our sources said that during the last exco retreat held last year, it was Ephraim Inyang, then Commissioner for Works and Charles Udoh, then Commissioner for Information that were at the receiving end of the governor’s anger for their underperformance and blunders. Few months later after the retreat, Ephraim Inyang was shipped out of the Ministry of Works and was given a soft landing with the portfolio of Chief of Staff of the governor which is seen to be less heralded and influential in this administration.
Charles on the other hand, though retained in the exco, was in August 2020 relieved of his appointment as Commissioner for Information. He was shifted to the Ministry of Environment and Petroleum Resources, viewed by many as a “dry ground”.