Laments Exco Members increased to 83 in 2nd tenure

By Angela Nwaeze

Governor David Umahi has sworn not to appoint more aides into his cabinet after he released the lists of his commissioners, Senior Special Assistants and Special Assistants recently.

The governor lamented that the number of the executive council members have increased from 70 to 83.

He revealed this on Tuesday during the swearing in of the last batch of SSAs and SAs according to him at Exco Chambers, government house Abakaliki.

 Umahi on Tuesday swore-in three Senior Special Assistants, nine Senior Assistants and nine members of the Secondary Education Board.

While on Wednesday, 27 commissioners including the SSG were sworn in at the Akanu Ibiam International Conference Centre Abakaliki.

He reiterated that, “The appointment into the SEB for instance is not a political patronage as our problem is that about 99 per cent of appointees view such as political patronages.

“People appointed as Senior Technical Assistants before, requested to be appointed ‘even’ as SAs which implies that they do not understand what the position means”.

The governor charged the SEB chairman to divide the members into Local Government Areas and zones so that any person who didn’t perform will receive his or her punishment as an individual instead of the board carrying the blame.

Stating; “There is no reason for SEB members to be in Abakaliki as 95 per cent of its staff members should be in the field.

“Every appointment attracts over 1,000 enemies and appointees should stop complaining about the portfolios they were assigned but create wealth from such.

“Nobody has a particular ministry to himself and when you see a job not done, do it and don’t mind the person complaining, let him continue.”

While urging Secretary to the State Government, and aides on internal security to float a security bond where banks and other members of the private sector would contribute

“The banks have refused to assist the government even by donating vehicles in spite of the fact that most of them owe us.

“Create the bond, meet the banks one by one and solicit assistance from the society to do your jobs,” he added.


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