GOVERNOR David Umahi of Ebonyi State wants all the caretaker chairmen of the 13 local government areas in the state to remain committed to the provision of democracy dividends to the people at the grassroots.
Umahi told the caretaker chairmen who paid him a New Year homage at his country home in Uburu, Ohaozara Local Government Area, that they must think outside the box to generate income and not cite the general economic problem facing the country as a reason for non-performance.
He also enjoined the chairmen to have the fear of God and passion for the people at heart. The governor said: “God did not make a mistake by bringing you on board at a time like this; you have to sit down and think what you can do.
“And if you fear God and you have passion for the people, God will definitely meet you at the point of your need.
“So, I want to challenge all of us like the economy is challenging us to do things differently. If you put your mind in stealing money, you will never get anything; but if you put your mind on the people and passion for the people, money will chase you.
“Remember that it is God that put gold in the ground. So you don’t know whether there is gold anywhere you have not seen. But let me tell you that the same God will reveal it to you if you have passion for the people.
“There is no way Christ will say feed ‘my people, those that love me’ and he has no means of feeding them,” Umahi said.
— Jan 4, 2016 @ 15:50 GMT