Ebonyi governor, Umahi, announces monthly pay for ex-lawmakers, council chairpersons

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi
Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi

The Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, says he will pay “monthly stipends” to former lawmakers and local government chairpersons in the state, his spokesperson said Thursday.

Mr. Umahi made the announcement at his Uburu country home when the people of Izzi clan, comprising Abakaliki, Izzi and Ebonyi Local Government Areas, paid him Christmas and New Year visit.

The payments will begin in 2017 and will be backed by law, the governor said.

“My aim is to carry everybody along especially the political class and that’s why I will be approaching the House of Assembly to ask them for approval so that those legislators that are not on seat now, we start paying them some stipends,” the governor was quoted by his Chief Press Secretary, Emma Anya, as saying on Thursday.

“Former Local Government chairmen will also be included. I believe this is how we can get them to help in developing and creating wealth in our state,” he said.

The payments would be unprecedented as states and federal governments are not known to pay pension or stipends to former lawmakers.

Serving and past Nigerian governors have been criticised for endorsing lavish post-office perks and benefits for themselves and their families.

More shocking, several such governors who later become Senators or Ministers, receive pensions as former governors, and also salaries for their new positions.

Laws passed by states assembly, authorising those packages, do not cover former lawmakers and past local government officials.

But the Ebonyi governor said he would approach the state House of Assembly soon, to make a law authorising payments to former state lawmakers and council chairpersons.

”I have said that all the former House of Assembly members and National Assembly members will come under our payroll in 2017,” the governor said. “This will douse tension and allow me some concentration with them so that we can complete the work we have started.”

Mr. Umahi has made similar spending in recent months.

In December, the governor announced the distribution of 18 Prado SUVs worth N279 million to 18 traditional rulers in the state.

Earlier, he distributed SUVs to all former governors of the state and other top officials like the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim.

He said the Director-General of his 2015 election, Fidelis Nwankwo, would be reappointed in 2019 – suggesting his plan to seek re-election.

Mr. Umahi also announced on Thursday that he would source for funds to conduct Local Government election in 2017.

He appealed to the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Francis Nwifuru, to enact a law that would enable the Caretaker Chairmen of LGAs to contest the election.


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  • Romberg

    What a shame, but Biafrauds won’t fight things a like this. Where is the money for development, if someone’s Jewish idea is to create wealth by distributing public funds to some dead woods. No road, no good schools, nothing…. We only see red caps and no brains….

    And some people will die because of these morons? They will buy cars for themselves, settle their families…all on public funds. The masses will still have no access to education or power!

    Anyways, it’s PDP. It’s shame APC’s are also a bunch of morons – lies and fake promises, that is all they know.

    It’s in your hands, Ebonyites. Stop these frauds….

    • Epsilon_Delta

      You can’t stop him the same way you can’t stop Buhari. This midget wants to hang unto power forever by buying cars and paying stipend to people that don’t need it.

  • TC

    What a simpleton….. very pitiful this man and many others leading us lack intelligence for innovation. Terrible…smh

    • Kallah Bature

      I disagree.Umahi is one of the most intelligent Governors I have seen.But I must suggest his stipend should go to only ex-lawmakers without any source of pension.

  • Watch man

    Here is another corruption. This is a ploy to award yourself jumbo salary after your tenure. What a nation! Tufiakwa!!!

  • Bayo

    You don’t get to see the inebriated and hopeless biafraud & ipod youths protesting against the insanity of their useless leaders.

    • Sir Demo

      You will never. Rather the vagabonds will be claiming Lagos a no man land.

  • Otunba

    He just wants to corrupt everybody so that he can become their thin-god!

  • Tokumbo

    all dis pple u want to pay stipends is of no use,,dey have enriched demself so pls look at those who cant afford 2 sqare meal and also empower d less priledged and widows

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  • Usman

    His stupidity is unqualified

  • haba mallam

    There we go again, you waste all the money on things that makes no impact on the people and then blame northern Nigeria or Buhari for your failures.

  • Emeka

    I have come to agree with the importance of subjecting our elective and appointive office holders to mental test.

  • Sir Demo

    And the Biafrauds will not utter a word!

  • GbemigaO

    Were! The man don kolo !

  • Dejo Oladimeji

    The man must be drunk at the time he was making those statements. Ogogro Governor! This is madness in the highest order, can only happen in Nigeria.