The Governor of Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti has described the Permanent Secretaries in the State’s civil service as the engine room of government, urging them to adopt transparency in the conduct of government businesses.

ABN TV reports that Governor Otti, while holding his first meeting as governor with the permanent secretaries in Umuahia on Tuesday urged them to take charge until a new set of commissioners are appointed by the new government.

Gov. Otti Tasks Abia Perm Secs On Transparency, Cautions Against Undermining Govt

At the meeting which took place at Michael Okpara Auditorium, Library Road, Umuahia, Governor Otti congratulated Abia civil servants for their continued service to the state but warned them against undermining the new government, a release by the governor’s chief press secretary, Kazie Uko stated.

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The statement quoted him as saying, “I want to congratulate all of us for the transitioning to a new administration. Every four years election happen and winners get sworn in. In most places, those who lost become opposition. So, being that we’re all winners, I believe that we won’t have opposition. But just in case there’s opposition, it is also part of governance and democracy.

“We welcome opposition. Constructive engagement is also welcome. Disagreeing with us is part of the business. You can never know it all. If you have an opinion feel free to express it.

“I must tell you that you’re the engine room of the government and that’s why I thought that the first meeting that I will hold will be with all of you.


“I do know that a lot of you would have different political persuasions and alliances and allegiance, that is not a problem. But what will be the problem is if you begin to undermine the government that you serve and when we notice that, we will not waste time to act because this is a government that must work and anything that stands in the way, we will get it out.

“We will not witch-hunt people and we will not deal with people because of their persuasions, whether it is ethnic, religious and all that. At the end of the day, it is the interest of the state that is paramount.”

Dr. Otti, consequently, directed the permanent secretaries to begin to perform the functions of commissioners pending when a new set is appointed by the state governor.

“You will begin to function as commissioners until new commissioners are appointed. I’m sure you understand what I’m saying, that is, that government is a continuum. So ensure you take over and begin to run your different ministries and by the time new commissioners come, you will handover to them.

“I believe some of you were there yesterday when I made my inauguration speech. Everything that I said there, I mean them from A-Z. So things will begin to change.

“This is a familiarisation meeting, where I will listen to you and get to understand what you do; get to understand how you do it and any help or support you require,” he declared.

The permanent secretaries, who were led by the Head of Service of the state, Sir Onyii Nwama, to the meeting attended by the Deputy Governor of the State, Engr Ikechukwu Emetu, and some team members of the new government, congratulated Dr. Otti on his inauguration and the successful assumption of office.



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