Ebonyi State Government, Monday said Centre for International and Advance Professional Studies, CIAPS, short-listed Governor David Umahi among the five worst performing governors in Nigeria because the state government refused to yield to the centre’s alleged demand of paying money to be given favorable publicity.
The government disclosed that CIAPS allegedly requested the state government to make a bi-annual payment of ten million naira so that Ebonyi and its governor would be given positive publicity through ranking him amongst the best governors in the federation.
In a statement issued on Friday last week by CIAPS’s coordinator, Mr. Olumuyiwa Ayoola which was published by some national dailies, the centre rated Governors Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Idris Wada (Kogi), Ibrahim Geidam (Yobe) and Dave Umahi (Ebonyi) as the worst performing among the 36 state governors in the country.
The governors of Kaduna (Nasir El-Rufai) and Sokoto (Aminu Tambuwal), were rated as the first and second best performing governors with 72 and 64 percent, respectively.
The study tagged, ‘Governors Performance Index,’ is a monthly performance review of what governors across the country are doing in their offices being conducted by the Lagos-based CIAPS.
The report noted that the variables used as indexes for performance were “mathematically calculated.”
The centre’s coordinator stated that the variables had been skewed to place emphasis on “payment of salary, new projects, education, security and leadership by example.”
A statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Senator Emmanuel Onwe said the report is a sensational falsehood being paraded as news.
Onwe said one Kunle who claimed to be working for CIAPS approached him on October 12, 2015 and demanded a collaborative effort between the government of Ebonyi state and CIAPS which he rejected.
“He proposed that Ebonyi and its governor would be given positive publicity through ranking him amongst the best governors in the federation in return for a bi-annual payment of N10 million to CIAPS. He proceeded to demand for a down-payment of N5 million.
“I dismissed him with contempt, pointing out to him that Ebonyi is not in the business of paying cash for favorable ratings”, the Information Commissioner added.
He said the report is a pure blackmail emphatically ridiculed by the contrary evidence that exists in the state in terms of infrastructure, security, purposeful leadership and payment of workers’ salaries.
Senator Onwe noted that it is a sad occasion when serious public commentary is hijacked by blackmailers and extortionists who seek to traduce those who refuse to grease their dishonorable palms.

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