Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has dissolved all the 23 local government caretaker committees, with immediate effect.
A statement issued by Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Governor on Electronic Media, directed the caretaker committee chairmen to hand over to their respective heads of personnel management.
The governor also directed all the personnel heads to immediately compile lists of staff being owed salaries. He said that the list, including the number of months owed the workers by the respective councils, should be submitted to the office of the governor.
There are insinuations that elections may hold soon in 23 local government areas of the state.
Wike has been embroiled in crisis with the opposition All Progressives Congress over what he described as “illegal” council polls conducted by former Governor Rotimi Amaechi shirtly before he left office in 2015.
The case dragged for a while in court until it was ruled that the elections failed to conform with the state’s electoral act and were therefore annulled.