Governor Nyesom Wike has relieved the Permanent Secretary in Establishment Ministry, Sunny Okere, of his position for attending a burial ceremony where over 50 persons were in attendance, a breach of the COVID-19 safety protocols.
The Commissioner for Information and Communication in the state, Paulinus Nsirim made Okere’s dismissal public via a statement released.
In the statement, Wike said Okere attended a funeral that breached the guideline on coronavirus spread in the state which pegged the number of attendance at any event to nothing more than 50 persons.
The governor added that attempt by officials of the State Health Ministry to rein in the gathering and enforced the order was rebuffed by him (Okere), who went on to chase the government workers away.
The statement reads in part: “Burial ceremonies are also reportedly being conducted in clear breach of the 50 persons maximum attendance limit such that a serving Permanent Secretary had the temerity to chase away officials of the State Ministry of Health who went to enforce the established guidelines on public burials at Oyigbo.
“Consequently, the Permanent Secretary, Establishment, Mr Sunny Okere has been relieved of his appointment with immediate effect for flouting and obstructing the enforcement of the guidelines on public burials. This should serve as a lesson to all other public officers who may wish to be irresponsible.”