Governor Alex Otti of Abia State emphasized the importance of competence as a critical factor in appointing individuals to leadership positions within Abia.
During the swearing-in ceremony of Mrs. Ngozi Felix as Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation and Mr. Ikechukwu Monday as Commissioner for Power and Public Utilities at the Government House in Umuahia, Otti expressed the state government’s commitment to ensuring that appointments were granted to individuals who possessed the skills and potential to contribute meaningfully to the state’s growth.
He acknowledged that in the past, political considerations often influenced appointments. Still, the government was determined to change that approach by engaging technocrats who could effectively support the implementation of its rebuilding agenda.
Otti stated, “Gone are the days of using appointments as a means of political patronage. Our appointments aim to add value; wherever we identify talent, we will pursue it. This is because the effectiveness of any institution is determined by the competence of the individuals running it, and we are continuously seeking the right people to ensure a perfect fit for optimal results.”
He urged the newly sworn-in commissioners to perform their duties to the best of their abilities, emphasizing that the government and people of the state would only accept good performance.
Otti highlighted the commissioners’ track record of excellence in their respective fields, underscoring their need to generate innovative ideas to enhance socio-economic development in Abia.
“I urge you to bring forth your best initiatives so that our people can experience joy,” Otti concluded.
In response, Mr. Monday expressed gratitude to the state government for the opportunity to serve the people of Abia. He assured that they would meet expectations and dedicate their best efforts to transform the state into an attractive destination for investors.