By Ewa Innocent, The Sight News
Abakaliki: Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state, has distributed 68 Hyundai Jeeps to some members of his state Executive council.
They include, Executive Assistants, Senior Special Assistants(SSAs), Special Assistants(SAs),and Principal officers of Ebonyi state House of Assembly.
Others that benefited from the new Hyundai Jeeps,included,some coordinators of Development Centres and permanent secretaries.
Flagging off the vehicles at government house Abakaliki, governor Umahi told the EXCO members and other government officials in the state to make sacrifices, noting that he was still using the official vehicles used by his predecessor, Chief Martin Elechi during his eight years in office.
He said his administration must look at cutting down the cost of governance to give attention to the teeming population who he said, voted the government into power.
Umahi made it clear to old EXCO members who were lucky to be reappointed, that they would not get new vehicles, rather, would get car loans if they wanted, as they had earlier been issued with Prado Jeeps during their first tenure.
According to him, “I can’t explain it because the poverty in the land is much. I can’t buy you new vehicle. Our people are suffering,they also need attention. Their population is what gives us the little that we get.
“So, I want to appeal to Ebonyians,our leaders, let us make sacrifices because of those that elected us. Because of those that are at home. There are people that cannot find one square meal to eat. It is not good we start, after all, the vehicle that I am using is that of Chief Martin Elechi,which he used for eight years.
We have to find a way to cut down the cost of governance”.
He disclosed that his administration will soon review workers’ salaries which he described as a must and commitment.
“It’s quite very tight. We are going into review of workers salary which is a must, it is a commitment. All these projects scattered everywhere are commitment. So, sometimes without the grace of God it is difficult and allocation all over the country is dropping.
“These vehicles are partly 9.9% government and 0.1% personal. Your transport allowances are being paid inside consolidated salary, so this vehicle is to enable you to discharge your duties diligently,” he stated.