Ebonyi Governor, Umahi to Sack More Than 1,000 Aides on 1st August


Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi on Monday July 21, announced that he would sack some categories of aides, numbering more than 1,000, on 1st August due to non-performance in their duties as governance of the state was no longer “business as usual”.


The announcement was made by Umahi in Abakaliki during a virtual swearing-in of some Special Assistants and Caretaker Chairmen of Local Governments, among others.


Umahi listed the affected categories of aides to include: Technical Assistants, Senior Technical Assistants and Executive Assistants.


He said: “We have over 1,000 of you, over 350 LGA liaison officers and several Development Centres management committee members, yet myself and my deputy threw ourselves ‘in the ring’ on the COVID-19 issue.”

“I don’t know where else you will get a position, where you will just sleep and wait for bank alert.”


However, the governor added that the affected aides who wished to re-apply for the positions must be endorsed by a State Government’s ministry or department.


He said: “We will hold such ministry or department responsible on you and you must have and show us your farm, if you wish to re-apply.”

“People who were never in these categories of aides should not apply because I will not expand such offices.”

“But if we don’t fill all the positions, we will then call for nominations.”


The governor went on to say that: “The budget, which was reduced from N178 billion to N132 billion, was occasioned by the realities of the times as some sectors such as heath and education were reviewed upwards.”

“I am categorically declaring that schools in the state will not re-open presently and we have commenced the process of using the communities to clear the primary and secondary schools surroundings.”

“We shall send medical teams to inspect and do sample testing of teachers, while directing that the syllabus of primary and secondary schools be reviewed.”


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