“I prematurely retired a permanent secretary in the Ebonyi civil service because the official could not calculate civil servants’ gratuities,” Governor David Umahi remarked in Abakaliki on Tuesday.
Mr Umahi made the announcement as he swore in new permanent secretaries and members of the state’s Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission.
“The deputy governor requested that I reverse the decision, but I declined, and this will be his first request that I will not grant in his eight years as deputy governor.” Even if you don’t know how to calculate it, you may still give me the elements that make up the gratuity,” stated the Ebonyi governor.
Mr Umahi, on the other hand, stated that he may reconsider the decision and urged the freshly sworn-in officials to read widely.
The governor expressed concern about the civil servants’ gratuity situation in Ebonyi. Permanent secretaries in Ebonyi, he claims, are among the best in the country.
He urged them to uphold the norm.
“We have raised the bar in Ebonyi to compete with the best in the world.” “Anyone who fails to meet the standard will be asked whether he is from Ebonyi,” Mr Umahi warned. “Set performance tests for yourselves because Ebonyi should not be your limit in terms of exposure and proficiency.”
He added that the principle that “helped me and should help you” is to “consider public duties or services as your personal business.”
The governor emphasized that he diligently studied the Israelis, which helped him achieve engineering skill.
“In 1987, I tutored in an Israeli firm for N650 per month.” I listened to my mentors, and even though I just have a first-year engineering degree, I can debate with a professor in the subject,” he added.
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