From Asa Amasiah, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that appointments into his administration is a call to service, which must not be abused by those privileged to be given the opportunity.
Speaking after swearing in three Special Advisers and two Local Government Caretaker Committee Chairmen on Friday at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said government officials who failed to live up to expectation would be shown the way out.
He said: “Your appointment is a call to service and not an opportunity to make money. You should see this appointment as an opportunity to serve the state, not to serve yourselves. All my actions are aimed at improving the state. You should be loyal to this government as nobody influenced me to appoint you.”
Wike said that as a politician, he consults widely, but that nobody can dictate to him.
He particularly charged the Caretaker Committee Chairmen of Khana Local Government Area and that of Opobo/Nkoro Local Government to work towards improving security and enhancing environmental sanitation.
He urged the Khana Caretaker LGA chairman to sustain the reduction of kidnapping, which was attained by his predecessor in the area.
The governor charged the appointees to shun corruption, adding that any official found to be corrupt would be handed over to anti-corruption agencies.
He told the appointees that they were not appointed to enrich themselves, as his administration will not tolerate the mismanagement of scarce resources.
Those sworn-in as Special Advisers are: Barrister Harvey Ideozu, Hon. Chris Berewari and Mr Ken Chinda. The two LGA Caretaker Committee Chairmen sworn in were Mr Tambari Sydney Gbara of Khana LGA and Mr Dagogo Eli Legg-Jack of Opobo / Nkoro LGA.