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Political unrest in Rivers State has led to the resignation of two key commissioners from Governor Siminalayi Fubara’s cabinet.

The commissioners, Prof. Chinedu Mmom, Commissioner for Education, and Ben-Golden Chioma, Commissioner for Environment, have both submitted their resignation letters.


Both commissioners are known to be loyal to Chief Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory. Their departures underscore the growing factionalism within the state government.

Prof. Mmom submitted his resignation to the Governor through the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, citing a toxic work environment.

In his letter, dated May 15, 2024, Mmom expressed his discontent with the current administration.

“I write to formally tender my resignation as a member of the Rivers State Executive Council as the Honourable Commissioner for Education with effect from today, the 15th of May, 2024.”


“It is a truism that a calm, safe, and friendly environment stimulates efficient service delivery and enhanced productivity.”

“However, it is unfortunate to note that my current work space has become toxic and no longer guarantees a favourable environment to enable me to realize my set targets for the education sector in the state.”

“There is loss of trust, animosity, and sharp division among colleagues in the same cabinet, which is unhealthy and very unfortunate. I want to thank Your Excellency for the opportunity to serve in your cabinet and wish your administration well,” Mmom stated.

Shortly after, Ben-Golden Chioma also resigned, citing the ongoing political crisis in the state as his reason. His resignation letter, dated the same day, emphasized the political instability and personal reasons for his departure.

“I hereby tender my resignation as the Honourable Commissioner for Environment, Rivers State, on this day, the 15th of May, 2024. I want to sincerely appreciate Your Excellency for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the State Executive Council.”

“My decision to resign is due to the political crisis befalling our dear Rivers State and other personal reasons. It was a privilege to have been of service to you in your administration and I wish you all the best in your tenure,” Chioma wrote.

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