Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State on Wednesday approved the removal of the Permanent Secretary in the state’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Mrs. Caro Edo-Osagie, from office with immediate effect for dereliction of duty.
Edo-Osagie’s removal is contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Louis Odion and made available to newsmen in Benin, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
The statement directed the sacked permanent secretary to hand over all government’s property in her care to her immediate subordinate within 24 hours. No reason was given for her removal.
But sources at the ministry told NAN that Edo-Osagie’s sack might not be unconnected with the death on Tuesday of a popular Benin-based artist, Brown Atiemwen. Members of the Artists Guild in Edo had on Monday staged a peaceful protest.
They accused Edo-Osagie of holding on to the fund approved by government to foot the medical bills of Atiewmen who needed to undergo urgent surgery to stay alive.
Source: The Punch