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Gov Umahi Sacks 1000 Aides Over ‘Incompetence’



Ebonyi State governor, Chief   David Umah, yesterday announced the sack  of over 1000 executive assistants, Senior technical assistants and  technical assistants to the governor for non performance.

Governor Umahi made the  disclosure during the swearing-in of three caretaker chairmen of Ikwo, Afikpo North and Ivo LGAs, and the Coordinator of Ohaozara Development Centre, at Christian  Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki.

According to the Governor, the dissolution takes effect from 1st August 2020.

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

“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 alot 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 1st of August, all Technical Assistants (TA), Senior Technical Assistants (STAs) and Executive Assistants (EAs) are dissolved”, he said.

Umahi however, noted that there would be a fresh round of appointment into the positions.

According to him the dissolved appointees would be given the opportunity to;reapply if they meet certain criteria.

One of the criteria is that they must be ready to show their

farms and what they achieved in their first appointment “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. 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 vdoing 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, one, you must tell us what you did before; two, show us where your farm is and we will Google it, to make sure you are not lying; and three, you must be sponsored by Commissioners, SAs, SSAs, Boards and Commissions”, he said.