I hold no grudge against Okowa- Prof Mouboghare speaks after sack

By Gabriel Elozino

Immediate past Commissioner for Higher Education in Delta State, Prof. Patrick Awharianovwe Muoboghare, has said he bear no grudge against the Delta state Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa after his purported sack.

Although reason for his release could not be ascertained as at press time, Prof Muoboghare’s replacement, Dr. Kingsley Asibogwu was announced by the Governor during the Swearing-in of the new Commissioner for Higher Education alongside four others on Tuesday in Asaba.

Reacting to the development, Muoboghare said: “I have worked with this government for seven years and I cannot complain that I have not been part of this government because I have been part of it for a whole 7 years.

“In the first tenure of Okowa, I was a Consultant on Educational Matters where I was placed actually above commissioner; that’s the truth of the matter and for the second tenure I was a commissioner for more than 3 years.

“I cannot say that the man has not done well and I cannot hold a grudge against the governor for that. He kept me for good 7 years; very few persons can survive that. I cannot be angry with the government of Delta State too. I have served 4years as a commissioner in Uduaghan’s tenure and in Okowa’s first tenure I was a consultant for educational matters and in his second tenure, I served as a commissioner for more than 3years.”

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On the reason for the sack he said: “The truth of the matter is that the Governor owes nobody any explanation or reason for appointing or releasing a commissioner. No exam was given to us that I passed and it is left for him to say “this man has spent enough time in government and should be released. Let me bring some new blood.”

He added: “You know this is injury time and as you are getting older, you should not be playing injury time football. I appreciate him for giving me the opportunity to work with him for 7years and I also thank God that for the 7years I worked with him were not wasted because those 7 years coordinated the 3 universities that are in Delta State and despite the strike, Delta State Universities, Polytechnics and colleges of educations are still running while others are on strike. Kudos to Okowa!

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