By Udo Akam-Alo, ABAKALIKI
The affected aides numbering about 1,000 include: Technical Assistants(TAs), Senior Technical Assistants (STAs) and Executive Assistants (EAs) who were dismissed on the ground of poor performance.
Umahi made this known while swearing-in Caretaker Chairmen of Ikwo, Afikpo North and Ivo Local Government Councils together with the Coordinator of Ohaozara Development Centre, at Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki.
He expressed disappointment over such attitude, reiterating that it is not time to display idleness as his administration would take nothing less than hard work as he wouldn’t have such appointees and still over labour himself.
The governor however, asked those still interested in their positions to reapply but must show evidence of hard work outside of politics.
“Let me announce my disappointment at the Technical Assistants, Senior Technical Assistants and Executive Assistants. We have over 1000 of them. Yet, my Deputy and myself go out of our way in this COVID-19. We have over 360 Liaison Officers. We have a lot of Management Committee Members.
“I don’t know where else you will get a position and go-on sleeping and be waiting for an alert. It can’t happen under me. By 1st of August, all Technical Assistants (TA), Senior Technical Assistants (STAs) and Executive Assistants (EAs) are dissolved.
“If you are one of them and you want your job back, you will be given a form to fill and a Ministry or Department must endorse you. When they endorse you, we hold that Ministry or Department responsible for you.
“And if you are reapplying and you have no Agricultural farm, then, don’t apply. You must show me where you are farming, because we are doing everything possible to turn the minds of our people from appointment position to business minds. That is the only way to go.
“One, you must tell us what you did before; two, show us where your farm is and we will Google it, to make sure you are not lying and three, you must be sponsored by Commissioners, SAs, SSAs, Boards and Commissions.”