Umahi Approves Promotion Of Civil Servants In Ebonyi

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi


The Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi has approved the promotion of civil servants in Ebonyi State.

This was contained in a statement by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Francis Nwaze.

He said the promotion was based on the vacancy created by those retired or other occurrences in the service.

The governor also directed heads of different MDAs’ to immediately commence a compilation of all vacancies in their MDAs and schedule for a written promotion examination which will be the determining factor for those that will be promoted.

Read Full Statement Below:


December 31, 2020

The Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. Chief David Nweze Umahi, FNSE, FNATE has again, graciously approved the promotion of civil servants in Ebonyi State based on available vacancy and this is to commence from 2021.

The Governor explained that promotion is based on vacancy created by those retired or other occurrences which may have caused a vacancy in the service.

Furthermore, Governor Umahi directs heads of different MDAs’ to immediately commence a compilation of all vacancies in their MDAs and schedule for a written promotion examination which will be the determinant of those to be promoted.

Francis Nwaze
Special Assistant to the Governor
(Media and Publicity)

Umahi Asks Residents To Celebrate Christmas Under Peaceful Atmosphere

File Photo: Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has advised citizens to celebrate the Christmas season under a peaceful atmosphere, as the government is prepared to deal decisively with anyone who tries to disrupt the peace of the state.

Governor Umahi made these remarks while giving his Christmas message in a live broadcast to the people of Ebonyi State.

He thanked God on their behalf for his grace which has enabled them to stand in spite of challenges during the cause of the year.

With the insecurity being experienced in parts of Nigeria, governor Umahi promised the people of Ebonyi that the government in the state will go after those who are planning to work against the peace of the state.

He acknowledged the insecurity across the country and announced that the government and have declared war on banditry and cultism anywhere in the state.

He also promised to compensate anyone who offers useful information on the activities of criminals in Ebonyi state.

The governor urged residents to celebrate the yuletide in peace that just as COVID-19 was defeated in the outgoing year, the dreaded coronavirus will be defeated in the year to come.

With just a few days to the end of twenty-twenty, the government of Ebonyi state is optimistic that with the cooperation of citizens, the peace which prevailed in the state will be experienced in coming the year 2021.

Bello Confident APC Will Retain Presidency, Says Party Touching Lives, Developing Nigeria

Governor Bello believes the APC has done enough to get another chance in 2023.


Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State says the development strides of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is enough for the party to retain the presidential seat in 2023. 

“APC has come to stay. We are developing the country, the people are happy with our programmes, we are touching lives and we are securing the nation,” the governor said when he appeared as a guest on Thursday’s edition of Channels Television’s Politics Today.

“Why won’t they (Nigerians) give us a chance once again to continue to produce the president of this country? APC by the grace of God will produce the next president and sweep across the legislative houses and the governorship across the country.”

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While the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had accused the Presidency of political scavenging in the wake of the defection by Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, Bello sees the party as no match for the APC.


A Gone Party? 

The PDP, he argued, is building castles in the air and does not have what it takes to contend with the ruling party.

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“APC is a party of the people, for the grassroots. You can see the exodus. I don’t know what is giving them (PDP) that confidence,” the governor added. “Even though power belongs to God and God gives power to who He wills, at this stage, I can assure you that PDP is gone and is going and going.”


‘Nine To Go’

Bello claimed that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and eight more governors from the PDP would soon join his party, saying that Umahi’s defection was a testimony of the progress in the ruling party.


A photo combination of governors Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.


“I said it long ago, not today when the party (PDP) was going through some challenges; I did say that there are 10 governors from the opposition parties that will join APC.

“We have seen one; one that is even as equal as 10, he has joined us, nine to go. Just mark my words; I don’t lie, I will never lie, and I will never deceive anybody,” the Kogi governor stressed.


South East Governors Forum Sues For Peace, Calls For End To All Protest

Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, speaks during an interview on Sunrise Daily in Abuja on February 24, 2020.


The South-East governors’ forum has condemned in strong terms a purported audiovisual circulating in the social media branding the nationwide Endsars protest as an Igbo ethnic agenda.

The chairman of the South-East Governors’ forum and Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi disclosed this in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital after an emergency virtual meeting of the southeast governors with south-east traditional rulers, Igbo apex socio-cultural group Ohaneze Ndi Igbo and religious leaders.

Governor Umahi described this action by some unscrupulous persons as undemocratic and unpatriotic which no doubt is capable of pitching the Igbos against the northerners and south-west brothers

Umahi said it’s no longer news that the peaceful #Endsars protest has been hijacked by hoodlums who took advantage to destroy government properties and lives.

He appealed to Nigerians to disembark on the #Endsars protest all over Nigeria, calling on the leaders of the North, South and West to try to maintain peace among all the ethnic groups within their domain, adding that the leaders of Southeast region are doing everything possible to ensure that lives and properties of other ethnic groups are protected.

The Governors expressed regrets over the death of #Endsars protesters all over the country, while also condemning the shooting of protesters at Lekki Toll plaza.

He called on the authorities to bring to book the perpetrators of such an act. The forum also condoled with the families to have lost their loved ones during the protests.

Umahi Condemns Attack On Police Stations, Imposes 24-Hours Curfew In Ebonyi

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, says residents who do not wear face masks will be caned.


The Ebonyi state governor David Umahi has condemned the attacks on police stations and the destruction of government infrastructures by hoodlums and cultists.

The governor condemned the attacks during a live broadcast at government house, in Abakaliki, the state capital.

Governor Umahi stated that the peaceful protest by the youths have been infiltrated by hoodlums and cultists who now started to burn properties of innocent citizens and government structures noting that the protesters have been peaceful in their conduct but regrets that the hoodlums have hijacked the protest.

He stressed that the security agencies in the state have sustained injuries from the attacks maintaining that they have exercised great patience and wisdom in handling the issue at stake.

The state governor, therefore, called on the security agencies to block all the borders of the state as he hereby imposes a 24hours curfew effect from 7pm today in order to protect lives and properties.

Umahi Swears In Newly Elected Local Government Chairmen

Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi


The Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi has sworn newly elected local government chairmen in the state.

The Swearing-in ceremony took place on Tuesday at the Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki, the state capital.

The event had in attendance security chiefs, government officials, traditional rulers and stakeholders.

Governor Umahi while swearing-in the 13 LGA chairmen urged them to render their services to the people, noting that their legacies will speak for them when they leave the office.

He stated that the local government election conducted last Saturday was violent free and peaceful.

While commending the outgoing Transition Caretaker Committee Chairmen, Governor Umahi emphasised on the sacrifices they have made in their different local government areas, especially during the hit of COVID-19 pandemic.


Governor Umahi Signs Public Procurement Bill, Others Into Law


The Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi has signed into law the Ebonyi State Public Procurement and Related Matters Law No. 009 of 2020.

While assenting to the bills passed by the Ebonyi State House of Assembly at the Government House in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital, the governor said the importance of the bill cannot be overemphasized as the disposal of government property is now vested on the procurement council.

He also noted that it enables the government to operate on e-procurement, stressing that the state government will embark on this with immediate effect.

Governor Umahi added that the Procurement law will allow the state government to direct labour jobs within certain limits including the judiciary and legislature.

Amongst other bills, the Ebonyi state internal revenue service for collection and administration law No. 010 of 2020 was also signed into law.

Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, says residents who do not wear face masks will be caned.


The Ebonyi state governor , Dave Umahi after few weeks of total ban on religious gathering in the state, has lifted the ban.

This was contained In a press state meant signed by the state commissioner for information, Uchenna Orji, he said the governor’s decision was based on passionate appeal made by the leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Ebonyi state chapter and some other religious bodies in the state.

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He said the reopening of worship centres will be under strict observance of COVID-19 policy and State laws, and having prayerfully reviewed the request and in consultation with state leaders, he hereby directs that religious centres in the state do re-open for worship once a week effective from 15th May, 2020.

He further warned that all church services should observe their worship only on Sunday between the hours of 9am to 11am. Muslims and other religious faithful that worship on Friday and Saturday should observe their worship between 9am to 11am on the respective days.

He however noted that no religious worship centres should permit more than 500 worshipers and should observe a minimum of 2 meters social distancing from one another.

Governor Umahi reiterated that the state COVID-19 policies should be observed strictly at the worship centres. Wearing of face mask, regular washing of hands and use of hand sanitizers.

Killings: Umahi Leads NEC Sub-Committee To Nasarawa

The Ebonyi state governor, Dave Umahi, on Monday led the National Executive Council’s Technical Committee on tackling farmers/herdsmen crisis to Lafia, the Nasarawa state.

This comes after a committee of five state governors had been constituted and mandated to visit states affected by the crisis between farmers and herdsmen across the country.

The sub-committee was constituted on February 1, 2018, by the 10-man working group set up by the National Economic Council (NEC) and headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to look into the crisis which has led to the deaths of dozens.

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The Osinbajo-led committee, during its resumed sitting today in Abuja, directed the sub-committee to hold consultations with stakeholders and interested parties in the affected states on how to end the conflicts.

It is also expected to co-opt relevant experts and technical groups in the discharge of its assignment.

The sub-committee, which has Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State as Chairman, would visit Benue, Taraba, Zamfara and Adamawa states, in order to understand the different dynamics of the conflict and develop long-term workable solutions.

Other governors who are members include Simon Lalong (Plateau), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Darius Ishaku (Taraba), and Bindo Jubrilla (Adamawa).

Thursday’s meeting was also attended by governors of Zamfara (Abdul’Aziz Yari), and Kaduna (Nasir El-Rufai); as well as the deputy governors of Oyo (Moses Adeyemo), and Benue (Benson Abuonu).

The Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, and his counterpart in the Ministry of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, were also in attendance.

PDP’s Umahi Wants Buhari To Seek Re-Election

I Wish Buhari To Recontest Presidency, Says PDP’s Umahi
Dave Umahi

Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, wants President Muhammadu Buhari to seek re-election in 2019.

Mr Umahi, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, told State House Correspondents after meeting with the President at the Presidential Villa on Thursday that it is normal for an elected official to seek re-election.

“Since Mr President is doing his first term and I am doing my first term, it’s my wish to re-contest. So, I will as well wish Mr President the same – to re-contest,” he said.

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This comes one week after Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State said no automatic ticket for any candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the general elections in 2019.

Okorocha, who was being specific about the presidential election, had said President Buhari would have to go through the procedure provided by the Constitution to emerge the party’s candidate if he decides to recontest.

“We won’t allow imposition of candidates, it must be democratically done. If President Buhari will lead the ship in 2019, it must be democratically done – and I say democratically, transparently,” the governor had said after he met with the President on November 2.

Amid speculations whether President Buhari would contest in 2019, Governor Umahi said there was nothing wrong if the President recontests in the coming general elections.

He said, “Any first-term governor would want to go for a second tenure and if that’s what you wish yourself, you should be honest enough to wish another person the same.”

Away from politics, the governor briefed reporters on the progress made so far by his administration in Ebonyi State since he assumed office in 2015, hinting that the President would soon visit the state.

“We have quite a lot of projects that we have executed within these past two and half years. We have three numbers of twin flyovers that were built across the African Tran-Sahara Road – running from Enugu to Cameroon, passing through Ebonyi State,” he said.

“So, we had to build three flyovers to decongest traffic on that. Each of the twin flyover bridge is 700-metre length; we’ve completed two totally and the third one is about 80% done. So, Mr President will commission the two,” Umahi added.