From Amauche Agbo, Abakaliki
The Governor of Ebonyi State Chief Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru has extended the time for the conclusion of the ongoing recruitment screening of workers into the State’s civil service till October 30th 2023 in order to grant more applicants the opportunity to participate in the screening exercise.
Recall that the Governor had recently approved the recruitment of over one thousand five hundred workers into the State’s civil service for optimal performances.
The State Commissioner for information and orientation Engr. Chikadibia Okpor announced this while briefing newsmen on the outcome of this week executive council meeting in Abakaliki, the State Capital.
According to the Commissioner “The EXCO received the report on the flag-off of the distribution of palliatives held on 1st October 2023, and resolved to adopt the template of distributing the palliatives at polling unit levels across the state to ensure that majority of the target recipients at the grassroots benefit from the exercise.
He noted that Council further directed that the Local Government Chairmen to liaise with EXCO members and other Political appointees from their local government areas to ensure seamless distribution of the palliatives devoid of political party sentiments.
“Council received a memo from the Secretary to State Government on the need to provide Christmas palliatives to Ebonyi people in view of the forthcoming Christmas celebration. Council considered the memo and approved the sum of N1.9 billion for the purpose”
“This will be presented to the State House of Assembly for approval. Furthermore, a 13- member committee chaired by the SSG was constituted for its implementation”
Okpor added that Governor Nwifuru swore in five newly appointed Special Assistants to the Governor and assigned them portfolios.
He disclosed that Governor Nwifuru tasked the appointees to see their appointment as a call to service and urged them to contribute meaningfully to the realization of his vision and development of the State through their various areas of assignment.
“The Commissioner for Water Resources presented the progress report on the reactivation of the low-lift facility at Water works, Abakaliki and other water facilities in the State. Council noted the report and resolved to embark on an on-the-spot assessment of these water facilities, particularly at the Waterworks Abakaliki”
“The Governor and chairman of Council led members of the EXCO and other top Government officials to assess the level of work emanating from the recent government intervention in the facility in line with the present administration’s avowed determination to ensure an uninterrupted water supply to Ebonyi citizens and residents across the state”
“Council received a memo on the commercialization of the Ebonyi Riceworld from the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, and resolved to access government lands across the three Senatorial zones of the state for commercial rice production so as to produce enough input for the smooth operation of the state-owned rice processing plants – Ebonyi Riceworld”
“Council also resolved to principally patronize local rice farmers across the state as major source of rice paddy for processing in the industry. This is to serve as a way of encouraging local rice farmers in the state to gain as well as increase their production size”