Posted by News Express | 11 November 2015 | 3,140 times
Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi, has described a report entitled, ‘Wada, Umahi, others worst performing governors’ in the country as an orchestrated falsehood aimed at tarnishing his image.
Umahi, who spoke through his Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Senator Emmanuel Onwe, during a press briefing in Abakaliki on Monday, also described the report as pure blackmail.
The report by a Lagos-based group, Center for International and Advance Professional Studies (CIAPS), was published by in the last Sunday edition of a national newspaper.
Onwe told journalists that one Kunle, who claimed to be a member of staff of CIAPS, had on October, 12, 2015 called him and requested a collaborative effort between Ebonyi State Government and CIAPS on a research.
Kunle, according to him, demanded the payment of N10m by the State Government in order for Governor Umahi to be given a favourable rating. Onwe said he turned down the demand.
He said: “I must express my utter outrage that a public platform could be given to blackmailers and extortionists to ply their disreputable trade. On the 12th of October, a man calling himself Kunle approached me and demanded a collaborative effort between the Government of Ebonyi State and CIAPS – which he claimed to represent.
“He proposed that Ebonyi State and its Governor would be given positive publicity through ranking him amongst the Governors in the federation in return for a bi-annual payment of N10 million to CIAPS. He proceeded to demand 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 favourable ratings.”
Onwe challenged CIAPS not to sit down in their office and dish out falsehood to the public in the name of research against those who refuse to dance to their exploitative tendencies.
The commissioner said: “It is a sad when serious public commentary is hijacked by blackmailers and extortionists who seek to traduce those who refuse to grease their dishonourable palm.”
He called on the public to discountenance CIAPS report against Governor Umahi as the report is already ridiculed by the contrary evidence that exist in Ebonyi State in terms of road construction and rehabilitation, electrification, purposeful leadership, education and security.
He said that in less than six months, the Umahi administration had rehabilitated and constructed the old Ogoja Road, the Nkaliki road, New Market, Gunning Road, Echiegu, Hossana Road and Isiuke Lane.
Work, he added, are not only on going at Udemezue, Amagu, among other roads in the state capital, contracts are being concluded for the construction of 15 kilometres of roads in each of the 13 Local Government Areas in the state.
The commissioner stated that if the so-called research group had had the brain to do a little research, it would have known that the Governor Umahi government pays workers their salaries on or before the 20th of every month.
•Photo shows Governor Umahi.
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