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Abia State Governor, Alex Otti has admonished the 16 newly sworn-in commissioners in the state not to betray the trust that Abians had reposed in them by ‘toeing the same path that brought Abia to the sorry state they met it.’
The Eastern Updates reports that he gave the charge during the swearing-in of the 16 commissioners in Government House Umuahia, the capital of Abia, after their confirmation by the State House of Assembly.
‘Do not betray the trust of our people who have remained patient and loyal to our course by toeing the same path that brought Abia to the sorry state we met it,’ the governor said.
‘The privilege of your appointment must never be seen as an opportunity for self-enrichment or advancement of unwholesome interests. There would be zero tolerance for any of those.’
Otti informed the commissioners that they would be the most watched and scrutinised commissioners in the recent history of the state in the light of what they had achieved in their various areas of expertise.
He continued by saying that he anticipates them bringing to their new positions the qualities of excellence, dedication to the greater good, and sense of responsibility.
The governor agreed that duties and resources were constrained, but insisted that they could not afford to put off or fail in achieving their goals. Instead, they needed to be ready to make the most of what was at hand.
Meanwhile, the process of reviving Aba, the commercial nerve centre of Abia State, took off in earnest on Thursday with the handover of no fewer than nine road works to different contractors by Governor Otti.
Governor Otti who was led by his Special Adviser on Works, Otumchere Oti to the locations, defied the afternoon showers as he toured the degenerated roads across the Aba metropolis.
Excited residents cheered the governor and his entourage, which included the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Emmanuel Emeruwa, his deputy, Augustine Meregini and Deputy Majority Leader, Destiny Nwagwu.