Ebonyi State governor David Umahi yesterday swore in the newly appointed Head of Service, Dr Rita Okoro, and four other newly appointed commissioners, two special assistants and six development centres coordinators in the state.
The newly appointed commissioners took over from their predecessors who last month resigned their different positions in the State Executive Council to contest the 2023 general election in the state.
The new commissioners are Mr Celestine Nwali who is expected to take over from, Barrister Onyekachi Nwaebonyi as commissioner for capital territory development, Chief Mattias Adum takes over the ministry of lands and survey, while Chief Romanus Nwasum is to oversee the ministry of infrastructural development for concession.
Others are Chief Chris Uchaji, ministry of solid mineral development, Mrs Beatrice Eze, ministry of culture and tourism, Chief Chuks Okoh, special assistant on strategy and Mr Uchenna Otu, special assistant on transport.
Governor Umahi also swore in six development centre coordinators to oversee some of the development centres across the three senatorial zones.
The governor who addressed the appointees and other stakeholders at the New State Executive Council Chambers frowned at the low rate of participation in the ongoing voter registration in the state and directed the stakeholders to brace up and ensure that people get registered.
“It is very unfortunate that the different local government areas in the state are yet to witness high turnout of voters registration in the state, apart from Afikpo South that has so far registered over 71,000 voters, others are yet to make any meaningful impact”.
He warned that should the low turn-out continue, the commissioners from the local governments will have their jobs terminated and further directed that Ebonyi State indigenes outside the state should be advised to come home and register ahead of the general election.
Governor Umahi insisted that the state will vote only for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and urged the people not to vote for the Labour Party adding that the votes of the state only belong to the ruling APC.
“We will not vote for Labour Party (LP), we will only vote for APC. Our vote is for APC and not for Labour Party.
Our agenda is Ebonyi agenda. We will vote for our presidential candidate in the person of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. We must strive to liberate Ebonyi State and that is our agenda,” he said.