Transparency begets accountability. In other words, in a democratic leadership, transparency and accountability are veritable virtues of excellence. Therefore, no leader can hold claims to any respect for democracy without leadership transparency and accountability made evident in his leadership style. That means transparency and accountability must walk hand in gloves at the precinct of power.
In Ebonyi State where a renown Democrat in the dignified person of His Excellency, Engr Chief David Nweze Umahi, CON presides over affairs of State as Governor, transparency and accountability are his cardinal articles of faith. These could be easily affirmed from the processes leading to the 2023 appropriation and budget of Ebonyi State where the Governor recognizes the people as the most crucial index of democracy.
It is therefore a rarity for a Governor; even in a supposed democratic dispensation to conduct State inputs and consultations for residents as well as indigenes of the State preparatory to the annual budget. This singular and regular ritual of the Governor David Nweze Umahi’s led administration since 2015 remains an awesome display of transparency and accountability. This is exactly what Governor Umahi is doing in Ebonyi State and it is highly commendable.
This is not the first time Governor Umahi is subjecting the State’s appropriation process to the people’s inputs and scrutiny. He had done so in previous years and earned a vote of confidence from the good people of Ebonyi State. This is why he is applauded by people from different works of life, including journalists, academics, lawyers, NGOs, entrepreneurs and many other professionals in and outside Ebonyi State. By this singular act of transparency and accountability in governance, Governor Umahi proves his national rating as the overall best Governor in Nigeria and his mettle as a leader par excellence.
On partisan level, this is also a clear verdict that the APC government in Ebonyi State is doing very well and a proof that he will do exceedingly well when he assumes office as the Senator, Ebonyi South Senatorial Zone, Governor Umahi shall enthrone transparency and accountability at the Red Chamber for the good governance of Nigeria and her good people of Ebonyi South Senatorial zone.
What a transparent and accountable leader! Governor Umahi’s legacies will live and outlive him.
Ogbuatu Chidi Simbad
APC Publicity Secretary