Ayo Fayose, the governor of Ekiti State, has suspended the education commissioner, Jide Egunjobi, for alleged dereliction of duty.
The governor, Channels TV reports, also suspended the ministry’s permanent secretary, Adekunbi Obaise, for a similar offence.
He has taken the public announcement on the suspension of the two officials to the State Broadcasting Services and it was being aired intermittently.
According to a Channels Television report the governor had visited the ministry located within the State Secretariat in Ado Ekiti, the state capital and could not find both officials in their respective offices.
“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 source told the TV station.
Governor Fayose was said to have immediately contacted his deputy, Professor Kola Olusola, who supervises the ministry and was said to have found it difficult to rationalise the commissioner’s absence on his desk.
Also, the State Head of Service, Dr Olugbenga Faseluka, was said to have no valid reasons for the absence of the Permanent Secretary.
“When it was apparent through all these investigations that the two officials didn’t take permissions from the expected officials, the governor immediately suspended them,” the source added.
Another source in the ministry, however, hinted that the Permanent Secretary had travelled to attend a ceremony which he said prevented her from reporting in the office.
“Mrs Obaise went for her PhD graduation ceremony in Ibadan; She was supposed to have proceeded on her annual leave long before now.
“So, I think the commissioner must have gone to Ibadan to celebrate with her because his family is also in Ibadan. Maybe he used the opportunity to visit his wife and children”, he said.
The two suspended officials had received accolades from the governor recently for their cooperation with Professor Olusola in ensuring Ekiti comes first in the National Examinations Council (NECO) in 2016 and 2017 respectively.