By Emeka Okafor
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River has sacked the state’s Commissioner for Special Duties, Hon. Francis Etta.
Etta’s sack brings to five the number of commissioners Ayade has relieved of their appointments since joining the All Progressives Congress (APC) last month.
The commissioners were sacked for refusing to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling APC.
Among those who had earlier been sacked include Mr Mike Usibe (Commissioner for New Cities Development), Rita Ayim (Commissioner for Women Affairs), Mr Asu Okang (Commissioner for Information and Orientation), and Ntufam Donatus Etim (Commissioner for Climate Change and Forestry).
The sack of the Special Duties Commissioner was contained in a statement issued by Governor Ayade’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Christian Ita, on Tuesday.
“The State Governor, His Excellency Prof Ben Ayade has approved the relieving of Hon. Francis Etta of his appointment as Commissioner for Special Duties with immediate effect.
“The Governor thanks him for his services to the state and wishes him well in his future endeavours.”
Aside commissioners, the governor had also sacked some of his political appointees including Mr Leo Inyambe, Rt Hon Orok Otu Duke, Mr. Victor Okon (Alausa) and Mr John Etim Bassey for refusing to join him to PDP.