Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Ondo commissioner Slaps a director
Mr. Nicholas Tofowomo Ondo State commissioner of transport was is said to have slapped one M.J. Afeniforo, the Director Mechanical of the Works Ministry, during an argument between the two men.
Sources said the commissioner had approached Mr. Afeniforo for a tractor but he was told that all the tractors owned by the works ministry were being used for different projects. The director reportedly explained to the commissioner that even the Commissioner for Works, Gboye Adegbenro, who has authority to release the tractor was at Ilara Mokin where he was inspecting road projects.
The source said Mr. Tofowomo called his counterpart at the Ministry of Works on the telephone, telling him that Mr. Afeniforo said the works minister had diverted all the tractors to his home town.
An argument ensued during which the commissioner allegedly slapped the director for arguing with him; an attitude, the source in the ministry said has been the commissioner’s habit. Nicholas Tofowomo was sacked about eight years ago for alleged fraud at the Homeless Services Unit of the Southwark Council, London.
Nicholas Tofowomo was active as a member of the Alliance for Democracy in Europe and he had been unsuccessful at the polls in Nigeria until recently when he was appointed commissioner. He ran for a National Assembly seat in his Ile Oluji Constituency on the Action Congress of Nigeria in the last election before decamping to the Labour Party recently.