BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA, Port Harcourt
Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that his second term appointments will be based on absolute loyalty and commitment to the vision of the administration and the capacity to deliver.
Wike made the declaration yesterday at Government House, Port Harcourt when he swore in the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Tammy Danagogo and the Chief of Staff, Government House, Engr Chukwuemeka Woke.
Also sworn in were Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Zaccheus Adango and Commissioner of Finance, Hon Isaac Kamalu.
The governor said: “These appointments are not based on sentiments. Appointment is based on one hundred percent undiluted loyalty and competence. I will not appoint people who will run down the government”.
“We will appoint those who believe in the vision and mission of the state government. Those who will defend the government and her policies.”
He stated that the first set of appointments were made to kick start his second term and enhance the development of the state.
He said: “The appointments that I made were not lobbied for. I know these officials personally. Going forward, I will take time to scrutinise people that will be appointed.
“I learnt my lesson during the last term. I will only appoint people who want to work and those who want to make sacrifices for the state.
“I have known the Secretary to the State Government closely. He is loyal and committed. This second term is for people who wants to work for the state.”
Wike, who charged the new appointees not to take their appointments for granted, said if they fail to work for the people, they will face the consequences.
The governor advised the new Secretary to the Rivers State Government to to work for all Rivers people.
He said: “You are not the Secretary to the State Government for the Kalabari people. You are the Secretary to the State Government for Rivers people. You must serve the interest of the state.”
Wike urged the people of Andoni to take immediate measures to rescue the expatriates kidnapped by Andoni youths, or face the withdrawal of government recognition for their traditional rulers and the stopping of the Andoni aspect of the Unity Road.
In an interview, reappointed Chief of Staff, Government House, Engr Chukwuemeka Woke said that he will make his contributions to the actualization of the vision and mission of the Wike’s administration.
Also speaking, the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Dr Tammy Danagogo assured that he will bring his wealth of experience to bear in the discharge of his responsibilities.
Danagogo thanked the governor for the opportunity to serve the people of Rivers State, saying he will live up to expectations of Rivers people.