Edo Minerals’ Commissioner, Joseph Ikpea, Resigns

The Commissioner for Minerals, Oil and Gas in Edo State, Joseph Ikpea, has resigned his appointment.

In a letter addressed to Governor Godwin Obaseki, and dated September 9, 2020, Ikpea said he resigned because he could not leave his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He also stated that the administration did not recognise his leadership role during his tenure as commissioner.

Ikpea thanked the governor for the opportunity to serve in the capacity of commissioner.

“This is to inform you that I am resigning my present appointment. I want to sincerely thank his Excellency, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, for the opportunity given to me to serve under his administration as the Commissioner for Minerals, Oil and Gas,” the letter read.

“One of the reasons why I am resigning is that politics is all about interest, trust and respect for one another, but I have never seen anything of this till date, and I am also not sure of it even if there is tomorrow.

“Moreover, the party that’s known today as All Progressive Congress APC, was brought to Esan south LGA by me, and over 90% of my supporters are APC members till date, so it is difficult to leave the house I built. Considering also that this administration did not recognise my leadership role, even as a commissioner I get information either from ward Chairmen, LGA Chairman, or SSA to Mr. Governor.

“I will continue to give his Excellency my support at any time the need arises. I wish you success in all your endeavours.”

Special Assistant to the Governor on Gender Issues in Owan West LGA, Oarhe Glory, had on Monday, resigned from the administration.

Her resignation followed a series of resignations that had hit the government in recent months.

In June, another commissioner, Paul Ohonbamu, had resigned.

His resignation came a little over a month after Taiwo Akerele resigned as Obaseki’s Chief of Staff on April 25, 2020.

Senior Special Assistant on Anti-Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration, Solomon Okoduwa and Senior Special Assistant on Donor Agencies, Emmanuel Sule, had earlier resigned from the administration in April 2020.

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