By Sunday Agbo, Abakaliki
More than ten thousand persons have applied and currently scheming for appointment into various political positions in Ebonyi state, according to Governor David Umahi.
Umahi, who made the disclosure during the swearing in of the Head of Service and senior special assistants to government, said that followed advertisement from government to the public, over ten thousand Ebonyians had applied as commissioners, SSAs, SAs, STAs, TAs and coordinators of development centres.
It would be recalled that early this month, the Ebonyi state government had called for applications from the public to apply as member of local government advisory committee, senior technical assistant (STA) Technical Assistant (TA), Development Centre Coordinator and management committee members.
Speaking during the swearing in, Governor Umahi noted with dismay the rate at which Ebonyi people gun for political appointments, saying that the people of the state should think of something else than politics.
He said, “What is trending in Ebonyi state is that I want to be SSA and SA. Imagine the cabinet we have, everybody wants to be SA. If I am making more SAs, it must not be up to ten percent of the SAs I have appointed. It is my opinion that we find something else doing.
“My commissioner will come last. I want to let them know that this job can be done without anybody. My former commissioners started very bad trend for the state and for me. So, anybody we will appoint now, we will tell the person, this is not come chop, it is come work. So, from day one, if you do not want to sacrifice to work for the people, you better go and look for another opportunity. If I get anybody complaining, there is no money, I will get rid of the person. This is no longer going to be a gossip workshop. People are called to work.
“This is not the era of coming with files. You have to create wealth. Let’s look beyond the money we get. If you think this is a safe haven, I have withdrawn the overhead from ministries, STAs and TAs. There are so much loose funds with all the financial institutions. Let’s look beyond the money we get for paying salaries. When you attract funds from outside, you start making your overheads”, he said.
Umahi, however, said that not everybody who was part of his former cabinet would return. He assured that those that would not make it would be given opportunities to make money.
“For those in my exco before, definitely, not everybody will come back. For those who cannot come back, we will create opportunities that they will help them make more money than those that will be in exco. I was told we have over ten thousand applications for commissioners, SAs, SSAs.
“It is threatening; it doesn’t give me joy at all. Any of my appointees that has been cleared by the quarters concerned, if you are found identifying with cultism, we will sack the person, and the next available flight will take you to the national security adviser”, he vowed.
By Sunday Agbo, Abakaliki