Speaker, Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Honourable Francis Ogbonnaya Nwifuru yesterday accused some commissioners in the state of incompetence and non-performance despite the huge resources the State government is investing in their various ministries.
Nwifuru spoke during plenary session of the house after some committee Chairmen presented interim report of their oversight functions.
The speaker also accused members of laziness and un-seriousness in their oversight function of the ministries.
He further expressed dismay over the attitude being exhibited by some Commissioners who he accused of lacking the political will and the knowledge to pilot the affairs of the Ministry.
His words: “It is unfortunate that some Commissioners in the state have exhibited high level of incompetence.
“In the Ministry, you the lawmakers are the Chairmen. The commissioner is like your secretary and that’s why if you invite them, they will come and explain to you what they are doing because you appropriate the fund they are using”.
“You need to checkmate and oversee what they are doing and to make sure they are doing it in a proper way. We can’t fold our hands and say government is doing well. I only see the Ministries of Works and Power as the only ministries that are doing well”.
“Apart from these 2 ministries earlier mentioned, other Ministries and their commissioners are not performing in spite of the governor’s effort.
But the House members are also not performing because they are not doing anything. Nobody is serious, nobody is issuing query, we need to investigate them. There is the need for the House of Assembly to properly investigate the commissioners”.
“We need to investigate their activities and make sure that all of them are performing their duties and if they are not performing, we recommend for their sack”.
The Speaker charged the House Committees to henceforth, ensure comprehensive oversight function of the ministries.
“As Chairmen of different committees, you need to visit the ministries and anyone found to be incompetent, you should recommend his sack”.
“We must do our job and not allow commissioners in the state tarnish the image of the state government. Not when the Governor is trying to put things on ground, we will not compliment his efforts”.
“As you embark on oversight function, find out how much the state government has so far appropriated to the ministries because am aware that the state Governor has appropriated huge sums of money to them”.
“The Commissioners will tell you stories from now till tomorrow but they are doing nothing. We must get to know what is happening because Ebonyi people are tired of stories, what they need is action”.
Nwifuru said the House would go all out to investigate any commissioner that engages in fraudulent activities and ensure they are brought to book.

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