*distributes 68SUVs to SSAs, others
By NWOGHA NDUBUISI ANDY, Abakaliki
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has told his appointees that the door is open for them to quit, instead of grumbling.
Umahi made the pronouncement on Wednesday in Abakaliki while distributing 68 SUVs to some appointees who include Senior Special Assistants, Special Assistants, Permanent Secretaries and members of the state House of Assembly.
The governor said it was baffling to see appointees grumbling in spite of having new vehicles and earning salaries, noting that such persons were putting themselves “in a terrible spiritual situation.”
According to him “Do you want to be like the people in the village? Everybody here, including myself, is privileged and we are not better than those not in this position.
“Nobody should take him or herself as a superstar, as you cannot be in the system and still be castigating it.“Those who know what they are doing don’t have time to grumble but invent things. But when you have nothing to offer, you gossip and complain to cover things,” he said
He noted that the government was “watching such persons with one eye,” stressing that the vehicles still belong to the government in spite of being used by the appointees.
“The vehicles are 99.9 per cent owned by government and 0.1 per cent [owned] by the appointees and if you are leaving government, you will give us the vehicles.
“There is no calculation in this, as the number of days you will ride the cars is your own benefit,” he said.Umahi said the appointees’ transportation allowances were embedded in their consolidated emoluments, noting that the vehicles were meant to assist them perform optimally in their various duties.“The old appointees will not get new vehicles but car loans, which is optional and this is because the poverty in the land is much.“I cannot be giving new vehicles every four years. Our people are suffering and need our attention as their population gives us the little we have,” he said.
He called on the state’s leaders to make sacrifices because of the people who mostly could not get a meal to eat, adding that the vehicle he was using was used by his predecessor for eight years.The Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala, thanked the governor for providing the vehicles, noting that they cost millions of Naira.
“The vehicles would be distributed to some SSAs, SAs Permanent Secretaries, 13 coordinators of local government areas development centres, among others.