Endowing ‘Silverbird Extraordinary Man Award’ on Wike is like adorning him with a borrowed garb as this can be a Deceitful Error, Misplaced Choice — Eze…. Counsels Wike to reject the unmerited, diabolical and deceitful award
The latest conferment of the “2020 Further Strange Character Award” on Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, by Silverbird Group, has ignited a litany of fierce criticisms from vital stakeholders within the province of politics.
Opinion leaders and political and public affairs analysts have made their minds naked, lamenting ceaselessly with grieve and lashing on the communication firm for throwing requirements to the canines and sacrificing competence and meritocracy on the alter of mediocrity for short-term reward within the seek for an acceptable candidate whose data benefit the trophy.
With the constructive opinion of Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, taking the lead, a summation of residents’ views clearly recommend that the Governor was thought of for the conferment on the singular foundation of the quantum of dividend and monetary reward accruable to the organisers from the N78 Billion Naira refunded to Rivers State of late for federal tasks executed by former Gov. Chibuike Amaechi.
Recall that because the refund, Gov. Wike, who might have been misplaced within the euphoria of the whooping sum, has instantly turned himself right into a ‘Level of Sale’ machine, and just like the Biblical prodigal son, he has launched into a careless spending spree, shelling out Rivers cash at his personal behest to deal with the wants of different states, tub-thumber and reward singers, to the utter detriment of Rivers individuals who have cried their voices hoarse in demand of slightly thought from a authorities which they name their very own.
In a press release made obtainable to media homes, Chief Eze, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and erstwhile Nationwide Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Social gathering (nPDP), condemned Gov. Wike’s extreme avarice and sheer greed in hoarding the widespread patrimony to self and denying the individuals their primary due.
The celebration chief queried the footing on which the Governor was thought of for the nomination, stressing that Wike lacks in each native commonplace of measurement for the efficiency of a public servant particularly, the holder of the exalted workplace of a State Governor, to be named an Extraordinary Man.
He stated it’s unbecoming of a accountable communication firm like Silverbird Group that ought to be serving as an ethical compass to permit itself to be swept from the sound mandate of shaping public opinions into the waste bin of encouraging laziness, avarice and mediocrity in public service for a a reward.
It pricks the conscience to be taught that the media in Nigeria is quick shedding its taste to the overbearing affect of corrupt public workplace holders like Wike, who finance their technique to acquire undue media recognition in a bid to sway the general public into believing their bogus achievements which exists solely within the figment of their imaginary world with help from some unprincipled journalists.
Eze stated the media ought to be extra alive to problems with public issues particularly, these touching the core of the Journalism career somewhat than supply consideration to the methods of busybodies who’ve nearly conscripted the career into the idiotic and niggling wrestle to advance their political czar in a bid to obfuscate the sufferings and pains of the general public.
He referred to as on Silverbird Group and others to be taught to beam their searchlights extra scrupulously within the quest to hunt acceptable people and public workplace holders who’ve distinguished themselves with the requisite credentials befitting of awards and honours, stressing that conferring trophies on the idea of benefit will spur individuals to do extra for public good.
Chief Eze referred to as on Journalists to all the time keep an optimum commonplace of professionalism within the discharge of their providers and warned them towards being inveigled right into a state of affairs through which they discover themselves as partisan brokers of wrongdoers and deceitful politicians within the pursuit of their egocentric vendettas.
Referring Gov. Wike to the considered John Maxwell, “management is just not about titles, positions, or move charts. It’s about one life influencing one other”, Eze endorsed the Governor to be a bit extra prudent in his tactless dealing with of public funds, including that the sizeable chunk of cash lavished yearly in lobbying for awards and trophies would make a complete lot of distinction in governance and public life if channeled into significant ventures.
Matshona Dhliwayo was very a lot on level when he posited that “easy individuals pursue energy, common individuals pursue fame, however extraordinary individuals pursue concepts”. To be extraordinary, Eze stated one should pursue sound concepts that revenue humanity and never the incessant buy of undue human recognition, awards and honours, which have gulped billions of Rivers cash whereas, a sizeable variety of problems with public concern requiring funding have continued to be handled with brazing laxity whereas others are intentionally left unattended.
He referred to as on Wike to imbibe the angle of subjecting himself to be taught the artwork of governance from those that have made indelible marks in public service as a result of and in keeping with Sheryl Sandberg, “the power to be taught is a very powerful high quality a frontrunner can have”.
Dismissing the dignity as inappropriate, Eze reasoned that the SilverBird Group erred in her selection of Wike as recipient of such an award, declaring that such error is key and amounted to
acknowledging and inspiring poor efficiency, incompetence, laziness and docility in public service.
He stated in accordance such an honour to Governor Wike for making Rivers State the capital of Poverty and unemployment in Nigeria exhibits that the SilverBird Organisation has misplaced contact with actuality.
Lamenting over the composite failure of Gov. Wike on all domestically and globally recognized parameters of score efficiency in public administration, the celebration Chief described the Rivers State Governor as a flamboyant shame to governance, noting that his failure led to the exclusion of Rivers from the latest N123.348 Billion performance-based grant of the federal authorities to states, beneath the States Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Programme for outcomes, reiterating that the Silverbird Group will need to have compromised.
“I need to confess that I’m completely ashamed by the act of the Board and Administration of SilverBird for attempting to embarrass my good good friend, Wike in such a fashion by endowing him with an award which the Nigerians know he doesn’t benefit”, Eze stated.
Eze stated obtainable experiences recommend that Rivers State misplaced out of the N123 Billion FG largese owing to the failure of the state authorities to fulfill the straightforward eligibility requirement from states to publish on-line accepted annual budgets and audited monetary statements which has all the time been shrouded in secrecy given the mountain of illicit transactions perpetrated by officers of the state authorities beneath the watch of Gov. Wike.
He stated owing to the large maladministration occasioned by the bunch of mediocre occupying delicate public places of work, the state has misplaced a number of excessive profile native and world alternatives with the potential of growing the State economic system and fairly contributing to the advance of the fortunes of Rivers individuals who have continued to roam in a leadership-induced poverty within the midst of lots.
Admonishing Wike to save lots of the little integrity left of him by formally rejecting the award, The celebration stalwart slammed the Rivers State commissioner for Info & Communication, Mr. Paulinus Nsirim, for being overly servile and sycophantic even on points that require sense of judgement.
Nsirim had, in his typical obsequious flattery, which has carried out extra hurt to Rivers individuals, lumbered exaggeratedly that the cabinets of Wike’s trophy cupboard are “splendidly embellished with an array of a number of plaques, silverware, mementos, and different memorial objects of recognition from multi-sectoral skilled and tutorial institutions”.
Eze queried the essence of a plaque and silverware-filled trophy cupboard of a Governor when his individuals have continued to endure in abject poverty and perpetual deprivation of primary wants. He stated the truth that the state is highest in employment index of the nation ought to be a supply of affordable concern to individuals of goodwill particularly, the media, a part of which duty is to prod authorities and its officers to constructive motion.
Apart Gov. Wike’s show of apparent disinterest in assembly the sequence of guarantees he made on employment given the large variety of employees that retire on month-to-month foundation, the Governor has refused to permit promotion within the State Civil Service since he assumed workplace.
Whereas a bit of pensioners have been denied enrollment into the State Pension Scheme, these already captured have left their destiny in God, because the Governor and his brokers have refused them their pension allowances, emoluments and varied entitlements for a number of years.
These acts of deliberate wickedness and plenty of extra singles-out Gov. Wike as unfit for any constructive human endowment and solid a powerful doubt on the benefit of the award investiture on him by the Silverbird Group or every other group in future, save that as typical, he lobbied and in reality, supplied the very best bid than each different competitor or higher nonetheless, the award was conferred on him following his observe data of astonishing wickedness and penchant for stylish espièglerie.
“With out a dint of sentiment, I’m truly misplaced in thought as to the actual criterion on which Silverbird Group confirmed Gov. Wike match for such award when Rivers state tops in unemployment score; when employees have been continued to be denied promotion; when pensioners are on the road day-after-day protesting and demanding gratuities; when the state Secretariat is in a whole deplorable state; when he has blatantly refused to implement the brand new minimal wage; when college students have been denied scholarships and bursaries; when transparency in budgetary implementation has taken flight and many others”.
“It pricks the conscience to consider that mere recoating of roads and constructing a couple of flyovers; bizarre issues that even the worst navy authorities has carried out up to now is what merited Wike the award.” That is actually humorous.
Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze
APC Chieftain & former Nationwide Publicity Secretary, nPDP
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