Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi has charged the newly appointed coordinators of development centres in the state to evolve measures to combat kidnapping and other forms of violent crimes in their areas.
The governor, who handed down the charge during the swearing in of the 64 development centres Coordinators in Abakaliki, warned that anyone who failed to do so was at the risk of having problem with him.
“If you allow kidnapping to take place in your development centre, either they take somebody from your development centre and go to another development centre, both development centre coordinators are in trouble. You have to do so because you ought to know the bad people in your areas,” he said.
The governor advised the coordinators to eschew violence, rather should close ranks with the stakeholders to sustain peace and development in their localities.
He warned them against all forms of discriminatory tendencies and directed that efforts should be made to bring back all the strayed members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to their original family which is the PDP.
Umahi also ordered the coordinators to, within one month, recover all stolen funds and property in their development centre from politicians and from civil servants.
“It is a must and after one month, if you have not recovered it, we will review our relationship with you,” he said, stressing that his administration has no room for corruption.
He charged them to acquire land and engage in agriculture, adding that the quantity of agricultural produce from their areas would be one of the parametres for assessing their performances.
The governor directed that “all coordinators are to ensure that every child of ours that is supposed to be in school must be in school. No child of school age in the state is expected to be seen loitering during school hours,” Governor Umahi stressed, just as he challenged parents to make out time to attend to the academic needs of their children.
He maintained that at least 20 percent of the total earnings of the development centres must be dedicated to project execution, which should be jointly carried out with the caretaker committee chairmen of Local Government Areas.
Tendering an apology to those who worked for the divine mandate but had not been accommodated in the appointments made so far by him, the governor reminded them that “everybody cannot be appointed at the same time but he appealed to them to be patient.

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