Governor David Umahi has decried the move by different parties, jostling for “juicy political appointments” in his government.
The Ebonyi State Governor in his speech at the swearing-in ceremony of the newly appointed head of service and senior special assistants at the government house, Abakaliki, on Thursday, maintained that his government is “come and work not come and chop” and those who performed below expectation will be dropped.
“I am told that we have over 10,000 applications for commissioners, SAs, and SSAs. This is in fact troubling and doesn’t give me joy at all. What is trending in Ebonyi state is no longer I want to be coordinator, TA or STA. It is I want to be SSA or SA. Everybody wants to come as SA, as SSA. They don’t even know the meaning of SA or SSA and it is very unfortunate.
“But let me make this bad news, if I am making more SSAs and SAs, it may not be up to 10 percent of what I have appointed. It is my opinion that we should find something doing not just appointments.
“My commissioners will come last. I want to let them know that this job can be done without anybody. My former commissioners started a very bad trend. Everyday, they are discussing the governor, going from one office to the another. They were going about saying that there were not being given anything and not taken care of. If I get complaints again, I will get rid of that person.
“Anybody we will appoint now, we will tell the person, ‘this is not come and chop, it is come and 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” he said.
Police Service Commission Confirms Appointment Of Six DIGs, Promotes 14 Commissioners To AIG
The Nigeria Police Service Commission has confirmed the appointment and promotion of officers within the police force.
This is coming weeks after the row between the police force and police service commission.
The appointment and promotion was vetoed at the sixth Plenary Meeting held in Abuja.
The commission approved the appointment of six Deputy Inspectors General of Police, with two to proceed on pre-retirement leave.
The commission also approved the promotion of 230 Superintendents of Police to Chief Superintendents, 11 Deputy Superintendents of Police to Superintendents and 211 Assistant Superintendents to Deputy Superintendents.
Court Orders Temporary Forfeiture Of Saraki’s Properties To Nigerian Government
The Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, has ordered the temporary forfeiture of properties belonging to Bukola Saraki, former Senate President of Nigeria.
The two properties located at the Ikoyi area of the state were forfeited to the Nigerian Government following an ex-parte order by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Counsel to the EFCC, Nnaemeka Omewa, had sought an order for the interim forfeiture of the properties located on 17A McDonald Road, Ikoyi, Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos.
He had told the court that they were acquired through “proceeds of unlawful activities”.
Part of the reliefs sought by the EFCC included: “An order of the court forfeiting to the Federal Government of Nigeria landed property with appurtenances situate, lying and known as No. 17A McDonald Road, Ikoyi, Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State found and recovered from the respondent which property is reasonably suspected to have been acquired with proceeds of unlawful activity.”
Bandits Displace 2,000 Villagers In 17 Kaduna Villages
Bandits have displaced 17 villages in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
The incident, which was said to have happened on Sunday, led to the displacement of about 2,000, persons, who have since taken refuge at LEA Birnin Yero Primary School.
One of the victims and village head of Unguwan Gibe, Jibrin Abdullahi, said, “Bandits came to our village to attack us at about 1:00pm on Sunday.
“The problem started when vigilante decided to help the community to deal with the bandits in their hideout.
“The bandits don’t allow us to go to farm, the vigilantes wanted to bring an end to this.
“But when they reached the bandits’ hideout, they were overpowered and the bandits said since the community had decided to attack them, we will not have peace.”
He identified the villages that were displaced to include Tura, Unguwan Gebi, Unguwan Dangauta, Unguwan Nayawu, Unguwan Makeri, Jagani and Sabon Gida.
Others are, Dallatu, Unguwan Alhaji Ahmadu, Sabon Gari, Kusau, Gidan Sarkin Noma, Unguwan Pati, Unguwan Tofa and Sauran Giwa.
Chief Imam of Izala Mosque, Ibrahim Usman, said the bandits had been terrorising the community even before Sunday’s attack and called on government to intervene to enable them return home.
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