By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has warned stakeholders and political leaders in the state to refrain from putting pressure on him over political appointments, saying appointment will be strictly on merit.
Speaking during the swearing in of new Head of Civil Service and Permanent Secretaries at the Banquet Hall of the Government House, Governor Emmanuel said his stand is to promote excellence in service.
The governor also warned those coming to him to blackmail others just to get favour and to suggest to him who should make the list of appointment into the cabinet as they will end up getting the opposite.
His words, “Don’t come and tell me that this person didn’t work during the election and should be dropped, because everybody worked and they all supported me.
“If you attempt to blackmail anybody that will even spur me to reappoint that person,” Governor Emmanuel hinted.
The Governor who charged the newly sworn in Head of the Civil Service, Elder Effiong Edem Essien and Permanent Secretaries, to raise the bar of excellence in the discharge of their responsibilities, also announced that more permanent secretaries would soon be appointed.
“Like I always say, nobody should send me text to lobby for any candidate because that is the surest route to the disqualification of such a person.”
“Once I receive a name of any director from a stakeholder, it means the person is not qualified and lacks self confidence.”
He expressed his desire to spread the appointments across the Local Government Areas of the State, but decried the absence of qualified personnel from some local governments areas, a development he said should be of serious concern to stakeholders in such areas.
While congratulating the new appointees, the Governor expressed optimism in their ability to deliver and further urged them to exhibit a high level of professionalism and tolerance in the discharge of their responsibilities.
He charged the new Head of Civil Service, Elder Effiong Edem Essien to maintain a good relationship between the labour unions and government for a robust industrial harmony in the state.
The Governor used the occasion to applaud the immediate past Head of Service, Mrs. Ekerebong Akpan for her meritorious services to the State and the improvement witnessed in the State’s Civil Service.
Governor Emmanuel said the new permanent secretaries, Mr. Effiong Edet Ekpenyong, Mr. Inyang Inyang Jameson and Mr. Imoh Bassey Inyang were selected on merit from among the various directors and deputy directors who he personally interviewed.
He charged them to abide by the oaths they have taken and ensure that their personal interest does not override the discharge of their official duties.
The new Head of the State Civil Service, Elder Effiong Essien who spoke with Journalists shortly after his swearing in, appreciated Governor Emmanuel for finding him worthy for the appointment and pledged to selflessly discharge his duties in the interest of the state.
The inauguration ceremony was witnessed by the Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses Ekpo, the State PDP Chairman, Obong Paul Ekpo, former Governor, Idongesit Nkanga, the PDP National Legal Adviser, Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem, past and present government officials as well as families and friends of those appointed.