There is anxiety over the health of Enugu State Governor Sullivan Chime.
Chime, who has been away from the country since September 19, reportedly returned last weekend only to be flown back hours after to an undisclosed country on Monday.
But Government House sources said the governor was in town but yet to return to work from his accumulated leave.
Chime’s last official function was on September 19, when he attended the Council of State meeting in Abuja.
He reportedly transmitted a letter to the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr. Eugene Odo, before leaving the country, thereby clearing Deputy Governor Sunday Onyebuchi to become acting governor.
But the letter was not read on the floor of the House of Assembly.
Although no reason was given for his absence, there were speculations that he was hospitalised in an Asian country for an undisclosed ailment.
No official of the government was willing to discuss the governor’s state of health. Officials only told our reporter that the governor still has up till early December to return from his accumulated leave.
But sources claim that the governor was rushed back following complications from the surgery he underwent abroad.
Chime’s absence is the most discussed issue in Enugu State as government activities are at a low ebb because the acting governor is believed to have an approval limit that is not more than N500,000.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Mr. Chukwudi Achife, said a statement would be issued. The statement had not come last night.