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ABIA: ‘Don’t betray our people,’ Otti tells 16 new commissioners

GOVERNOR Alex Otti, yesterday, urged the 16 newly sworn-in commissioners in the state not to betray the trust people had reposed in them by “toeing the same path that brought Abia to the sorry state we met it.”

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 told 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 added that he expects them to bring in those hallmarks of excellence, commitment to the greater good, and a sense of duty in their new assignments.

The governor acknowledged that responsibilities and resources are limited but said they could neither afford to delay nor fail, saying that they must be prepared to make the most of whatever is available to them to drive the outcomes that the government seeks.

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