By Friday Echi
The Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Hon. Kingsley Ononuju and the Special Adviser to Governor Hope Uzodimma on Market and Allied Matters, Okenze Blyden Amajirionwu, have been moved out of the Commerce and Industry Ministry over alleged lingered bickering and rancour.
Ononuju is now the Commissioner for Special Projects, while an unconfirmed source told Edge Express, that Amajirionwu is now the Special Adviser on Special Duties.
Hon. Simon Ebegbulem is now the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry as Hon. Regis Uwakwe resumes as Market and Allied Matters Special Adviser.
Recall that while Ononuju and Amajirionwu were in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, there were a series of accusations and counter-accusations from the two appointees. This on one occasion led to the abuse of the editorial management of Edge Express by Ononuju’s aide who accused Amajirionwu of sponsoring an advertorial against his principal which in reality did not come from Amajirionwu.
Amajirionwu on the other hand reportedly accused Ononuju of single-handedly imposing leadership in the markets.
Moreso, Ononuju was even accused by members of Imo State Amalgamated Traders, ISAMATA, of collecting over Forty Million Naira from traders for the allocation of shops at Stadium Lane, and imposed a mandatory fee of One Hundred Thousand Naira for DataBase form through his cronies, among other issues.
But his spokesperson, Mr Ben Ahanonu dismissed all the allegations and further created the impression that all the allegations were being sponsored by Amajirionwu.
However, sources close to the Shared Property government revealed that all efforts to reconcile the two appointees yielded no result as the government didn’t want to disgrace any of the appointees decided to move both of them out of the Ministry.