Why Ebonyi governor sacked 1000 aides

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The Governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi said he terminated the appointment of over 1000 aides in his cabinet for non-performance, especially in the handling of covid-19 pandemic in the state.

The governor who lamented poor performances of the Technical Assistants, Senior Technical Assistants and Executive Assistants, said the sack would take effect from August 1.

He made this known when he was swearing in three caretaker chairmen of Ikwo, Afikpo North and Ivo LGAs and the Coordinator of Ohaozara Development Centre, at Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki.

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.

The governor however said he is willing to reappoint any one of the sacked aide if they are willing to show commitment. “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.

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“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 doing 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.

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