Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, on Saturday said he would not increase the salaries of civil servants again, rather he will ration the little resources coming into the state to reach everybody, especially the youths.
Umahi disclosed this during the end of 7 days prayer and fasting for the security and wellbeing of the state and Nigeria at large.
Gov Umahi stated that he would rather use the money to empower the youths who are in the bush terrorizing the state.
He said his government was prepared to empower the youths and said he would discuss with Fr. Abraham Nwali to compile names of unemployed Ebonyi youth outside the state for rehabilitation and empowerment.
He said, “This situation calls for repentance from everyone; it is not the problem of the present administration or the past, from day one there was no foundation laid for the unborn children,.
“If somebody who has gone to the University, and has something doing, he will not take up arms to stay in the bush. We will not allow our borders that open; how can a nation like Nigeria be saying that our borders are porous? How can we allow foreign invaders with AK47 to be coming in? Where is the sovereignty of Nigeria, this thing must stop?
“You see leaders, they will be defending IPOB. You see leaders, they will be defending Boko haram. They will be defending bandits in the North. What a country and nobody is calling them to order.
“Whether it is IPOB or anybody, my state is a sovereign state; don’t tell me how to govern it, go ask our people, we know our problems, we know the operation in the past, we know the slavery in the past.
“We have to rise, nobody will love us more than ourselves! What are you giving to this our children? You brainwashed and keep them in the bush and gave them charms and they are being killed because they attack police stations. What are you doing for them? What are you doing for their families?
“If you are an agitator and you are not willing to accept the offer to let us know what you intend to do, submit it to the bank, the bank will access it, or we will not give you money. We are starting quiz competition, we are starting school sports and we are starting the football team, the Queen’s and the Kings.
“I will be pleading with Father Nwali to take a census of our boys in Onitsha, Aba, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Owerri, in the North, I am ready to stop everything I am doing to brief this person so that they will know the truth. Compile their names and let us know what they want to do. Let them come down and engage us in discussions we will give them the money to go back and start meaningful life.
“When we have done all these things, we will be ready to decisively deal with anybody that foments trouble in this state because I would not have discharged my conscience if you are carrying arms, you are killing, and you are armed-robbing because you were deprived. I’m ready to stop everything to get you something doing with your hands.
“I’m going to do more consultations very dangerous one, the NLC and TUC they wrote me, they want more employments, they want me to increase the salaries and I have called them to come for a meeting but one thing they should bear in mind is that I will not increase 1 Kobo salary, because this money that is coming is limited and it is for everybody. Instead of me increasing the salaries, I want to use it to give to those people in the bush that will not let you any freedom. The little you are getting, get it and let it reach everybody”.