The deputy governor of Ebonyi, Patricia Obila, has declared that she will not listen to gossip in her interactions with the staff of her office.
Obila made this statement on Tuesday during the official handover by her predecessor, Dr Kelechi Igwe, at the Old Government House in Abakaliki.
The deputy governor emphasized that she does not pay heed to gossip and intends to treat all staff members fairly.
“When someone informs me that another person is not good, should I trust the person who reported it?” she questioned.
She urged the staff to be diligent and prayerful, emphasizing that the outcome of human affairs is determined solely by God.
Obila expressed her gratitude to her predecessor for a successful handover and stated that she will always seek his advice.
“You have brought to my attention some important points that I need to consider, and with the cooperation of my team, I will be guided accordingly.
“You have transferred both the assets and liabilities of the office to me, and I pray that, by God’s grace, the liabilities will not outweigh the assets,” she said.
Dr Igwe, the immediate past deputy governor, congratulated Obila on assuming her new role and urged her not to let down the state.
“Do not allow unnecessary pressure from anyone, and always make it clear that you are not the governor.
“The staff provided me with maximum cooperation to ensure my success, and I kindly request that they extend the same level of support to you,” Igwe stated. He then outlined areas of accomplishment and challenges to the deputy governor and assured her of his cooperation to facilitate her success.