You are not appointed to share cakes, Ebonyi Gov. Umahi tells commissioners

Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi on Wednesday told members of his cabinet that they were not appointed to share cakes as spoils of office.

 Inaugurating 18 commissioners, 27 special assistants and four board chairmen in in Abakaliki, Umahi said the appointees were called to service to bake a big cake for the people of the state to eat.

 He called on the new appointees to use their wealth of experience to enhance the economy of the state and make it the most economically-viable in the country.

 “During the last National Economic Council meeting in Abuja, we were given a sheet of paper showing revenue allocation shared by various states in the country within a year. “Inside the sheet, Akwa Ibom which was the highest got a total of N266 billion while Ebonyi, the lowest, got N44 billion. 

“This should make you realise that you were not appointed to share cakes because there is no cake to share though we are going to create a big cake together,” he said. The governor urged the appointees to be wary of corruption and to be courteous, humble and hardworking in service delivery. He also urged them not to pile unnecessary pressure on themselves.

 “Anybody who is corrupt will be sacked and his position given to his relation or friend to incapacitate and make him politically irrelevant. “You should not be unruly toward those who worked against us as they did so out of loyalty and should therefore be allowed to live having been relegated to the background,” he said. 

Mr Augustine Nwankwagu, a former speaker of the state assembly and now the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, thanked the governor for appointing them, adding that they would justify the confidence reposed in them. 

The commissioners include a former senator, Sen. Emmanuel Onwe, appointed commissioner for information, and a former member of the House of Representatives, Mrs Elizabeth Ogbaga, now the commissioner for commerce and industry. 

Also sworn-in were a former Chief Whip of the state assembly, Mr Uchenna Orji, who is now the commissioner for agriculture and natural resources, Mrs Rebecca Ogbuewu, the wife of a former Nigerian Ambassador to Greece for women affairs and Chief Sunday Inyima, former Chairman of Ohaukwu local government for lands and housing. The special advisers include former South East Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Ali Odefa and a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Abraham Nwali.

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