Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Friday suspended the Commissioner for Education, Jide Egunjobi and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs Adekunbi Obaise, for allegedly embarking on trip outside the state without authorisation.
The two were said to have been suspended following the Governor’s surprise visit to their respective offices without finding them in the office.
The State Governor immediately ordered their suspension of the two officials by asking the State broadcasting services to air the announcement intermittently .
It was reliably gathered that the Governor had visited the Ministry located within the State Secretariat along Saliu Adeoti House of Assembly Way and didn’t find the two officials in their respective offices.
A source said: “The Governor’s visit was so sudden and unexpected. And when he got there and couldn’t find them, he was so angry and he dropped a hint at that moment that they will be punished”.
The Governor was said to immediately contacted the Deputy Governor, Prof Kola Olusola, who supervises the Ministry and was said to have found it difficult to rationalize the Commissioner’s absence on his desk.
Also, the State Head of Service, Dr Olugbenga Faseluka was said to have no valid reasons about the whereabouts of the Permanent Secretary.
“When it was apparent though all these investigations that the two officials didn’t take permissions from the expected officials, the Governor immediately suspended them”, he said.
The two suspended officials have received praises from Fayose in recent time for cooperating with Prof Olusola for Ekiti to come first in National Examinations Council (NECO) in 2016 and 2017 respectively.