By WILFRED CHIMEREMEZE, ABAKALIKI
28 new Coordinators of the Development Centres in  Ebonyi State have been sworn at the weekend in Government House ,Abakaliki.

The removal of the old brigades followed an allegation of working at variance with  the interest of their paymasters,the State Government.

Addressing the people at the occasion,Governor Martin Elechi regreted that the former Coordinators had to be removed because of their inability to fulfil their obligations.

He, therefore, charged the new Coordinators to cooperate with the Local Government Chairmen bearing in mind that? they are far above them”

He charged them to make sure that they understand his body language and policies of the State Government before they act warning ?if you don’t understand ask questions,I choose you , you did not chose me,you did not even applied”

 According to him,the inability of the former Coordinators to realise that brought about the problem that befall them and would not want the problem be repeated.

To the stakeholders,Governor Elechi said that they should realise that the Coordinators are his personal staff and was not bound to consult them before making his choice.

He called on the Coordinators to be extra careful in their handling of financial matters warning that any deviation would not be tolerated.

Governor Elechi urged them to serve the people with the fear of God and be focused on their duties irrespective of the various opinions that people have about them.

Speaking also at the occasion,the Attorney General and the Commissioner for Justice Dr.Ben.Igwenyi described the  removal and the appointment of
new one Coordinators as a Child of  circumstance in that the former appointees were working
against the mandate given to them by the Chief Executive of the state.

According to him,the need to swear in new Coordinators is constututionally derived from section 10 of the Ebonyi State Development Centres creation and related matters law which provides that? the Governor of the State shall have powers at any time to appoint Coordinators and Management Committee Members and determine their tenure in terms of operation.”

He explained that section11of the same law empowers the Governor to take any steps open to him when the appointment of a Coordinator or a Management Committee member is terminated stressing that this is where the power being exercised at the weekend emanated from.

He stated that the Ebonyi State Local Government Council and Development Centres Amendment
Law 2007provides that before these people are appointed and inagurated, should receive a simple majority of 2/3rd majority of the House Assembly confirmation, explaining that because the affairs of the House is in the Court of Law,the State Government has decided to apply     the doctrine of necessity in this matter so as to fulfil its obligation to the electorate by swearing them in.

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