Gov. Umahi sacks over 1, 000 aides – From Reginald Okoro

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Gov. Umahi – sacks aides for sleeping on duty, and lack-lustre performance

Governor David Nweze Umahi, of Ebonyi state on Monday announced the sacking of his technical assistants, senior technical assistants, and executive assistants, numbering over 1000, effective August 1.  

Umahi disclosed this on Monday during the swearing-in of three Caretaker Chairmen of Ikwo, Afikpo North and Ivo LGAs and the Coordinator of Ohaozara Development Centre, at the Christian Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki.  

Umahi who expressed disappointment at the poor performances of the appointees, said he had no business with anybody who had an appointment and did not want to work.

According to him,” the appointment we make is a source of social security, empowerment and bringing young men and women to learn the act of governance. “

Adding, “I don’t know where else you will get a position and go on sleeping and be waiting for an alert. It can’t happen under me.”

He explained there would be a fresh appointment into the positions but, however, said the dissolved appointees would be given the opportunity to reapply. 

He added that the sacked aides wishing to reapply must be ready to show their farms and what they achieved when they were first appointed.

He said: “It is time to work. I have no business with anybody who has an appointment and doesn’t want to work.

“Let me announce my disappointment at the technical assistants, senior technical assistants and executive assistants. 

“We have over 1000 of them. Yet, my deputy and myself go out of our way in this COVID-19. We have over 360 Liaison Officers. We have a lot of Management Committee Members. 

“I don’t know where else you will get a position and go on sleeping and be waiting for an alert.

“It can’t happen under me; by Aug 1, all technical assistants, senior technical assistants, and executive assistants, are dissolved.

“If you are one of them and you want your job back, you will be given a form to fill and a Ministry or Department must endorse you. 

Affected aides who want to reapply must have agricultural farm

“When they endorse you, we hold that Ministry or Department responsible for you. 

“The appointment we make is a source of social security, source of empowerment and source of bringing young men and women to learn the act of governance. 

“And if you are reapplying and you have no agricultural farm, then, don’t apply. 

“You must show me where you are farming, because we are doing everything possible to turn the minds of our people from appointment position to business minds. That is the only way to go. 

“So, if you are reapplying, you must tell us what you did before;  show us where your farm is and we will Google it, to make sure you are not lying; and  you must be sponsored by Commissioners, SAs, SSA, Boards and Commissions, ” Umahi said.

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