…says he will not tolerate undue politicking
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Thursday told the newly appointed Commissioners and Special Advisers in the state that the governance mode of his second term administration is fully activated warning that he will not tolerate undue politicking.
The Governor who made the statement while declaring open a three-day retreat for the newly sworn in Commissioners and Advisers in the state, said that the season of politics was over.
He said, “our oath of office is to serve to the best of our ability and give fair and equitable treatment to all manner of persons irrespective of one’s partisan interests, fashions and propensities.
“While I recognize your inalienable rights to avail yourselves the political process, those who have political ambition should do well to step aside by half-time of this tenure during which we will inevitably reshuffle and rejig my administration. It is therefore my expectation that you will be guided appropriately.”
Governor Ugwuanyi further charged them to hit the ground running and raise their performance bar towards the full actualization of the state government’s policies and programmes.
He reiterated his administration’s commitment to continue to advance good governance in the state through honest, accountable governance and optimal service delivery.
The Governor also charged the new appointees to at all times show sensitivity in the conduct of government business, said that the essence of the retreat was to share the policy directions of his administration, facilitate the appointees’ understanding of governance processes, secure their buy-in and build consensus on the state government’s mission to continue to alleviate the sufferings of the people, adding “Ndi Enugu expect nothing less from us”.
The governor, who also re-emphasized his administration’s sense of urgency to deliver on its mandate within a short time, disclosed that it has assembled very competent resource persons who are well schooled in public sector management and governance issues to facilitate the policy and governance dialogue.
According to him, “you will be assigned portfolios at the close of the retreat and thereafter we expect you to hit the ground running while fully utilizing the sectoral ad-hoc committees’ overarching and sector-specific recommendations which constitute our strategic architecture for transformative governance.
“I enjoin you to maximize the benefits of this retreat by fully applying yourselves to the tasks ahead. I charge all of you to work as a team and to complement rather than compete with one another.
“I thank the team led by Prof. Chidi Onyia and other resource persons from our foremost Development Partner, UK-DFID, for their abiding support and solidarity”.
The three-day retreat will end on Saturday, September 28.