Ewa Innocent, The Sight News
Abakaliki: Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state, has appointed two special Assistants on Ease of Doing Business, and Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).
They include; Chief Collins Agbo,Special Assistant (SA) to the governor on Ease of business, and Mrs Ngozi Obichukwu, Special Assistant to the governor on Sustainable Development Goals.
In a charge to the SA on Ease of Doing Business, Umahi tasked him to move round with the aim of enlightening the citizenry on business opportunities, and to know their problems.
His words,”You will go round the ministries and get us where we should be. In diaspora,it will involve your travelling round the entire country.
“We need to know how our people are staying,we need to know their problems, tell them what government is doing back home, and advise them on how to live well, live out of trouble, and how not to engage in fraudulent activities”.
Speaking to the SA on Sustainable Development Goals, Mrs Obichukwu, the governor charged her to relate well with the SSA to the president on the SDGs, so as to ensure the timely release of counterpart fund, stressing that Mrs Ngozi Obichukwu,still remains the state SDGs focal person.
“The SA on SDGs still remains its focal person in the state and if you don’t get counterpart funding, think of what to do next. We will support you with small money instead of waiting for their endless funds to come,” he said.
Umahi, also inaugurated the Board of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) headed by Dr Paul Onwe, noting that his high number of appointments was to empower the people as initiated by the first civilian governor of the state, Dr Sam Egwu.
“It is also to make our young ones know the art of governance and to serve as a catchment area to assess them.
“We are fighting poverty, creating employment and have to expose our people.
“I don’t believe in creating employment in terms of civil servants, they will be idle doing nothing and you pay them N30, 000 which is what is used for recharge cards,I believe in empowering them”.
The two appointees in their vote of thanks pledged to justify the confidence reposed on them.