Another Fubara cabinet member resigns, cites toxic work conditions

Prof. Chinedu Mmon, the Rivers State Commissioner for Education, who is a loyalist of the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Chief Nyesom Wike, has resigned from the cabinet of Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

Mmon is the third reappointed Commissioner to tender his resignation.

Recall that the former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Zacchaeus Adangor and former Commissioner for Finance, Hon. Isaac Kamalu, also resigned a few weeks ago.

Both Adangor and Kamalu resigned after Fubara directed that they should be redeployed to the Ministry of Special Duties (Governor’s Office) and Ministry for Employment Generation and Empowerment, respectively.

In a letter dated May 15 and addressed to the governor, through the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), the former Commissioner for Education said he was resigning because his current work space had become toxic.

The letter reads in part: “I write to formally tender my resignation as a member of the Rivers State Executive Council as the Honourable Commissioner for Education with effect from today, 15th day of May, 2024.

“It is a truism that a calm and friendly environment would stimulate efficient service delivery and enhanced productivity. It is however unfortunate to note that my current workspace has become toxic and no longer guarantees a favorable environment to enable me realize my set targets for the education sector in the state.

“There is loss of trust, animosity and sharp division among colleagues in the same cabinet, which is unhealthy and very unfortunate.

“I want to thank Your Excellency for the opportunity to serve in your cabinet and wish you well in your administration.”

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