Ebonyi buys 18 Prado SUVs worth N279 million for traditional rulers

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Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi has distributed 18 Prado SUVs worth N279 million to 18 traditional rulers in the state.

The governor, who made the announcement during the distribution at Government House, Abakaliki on Saturday, said that about 80 traditional rulers in the state would benefit from the largesse.

He appealed to traditional rulers who have not collected their vehicle to be patient or indicate the vehicles of their choices for money to be provided to buy them.

“The Prado Jeeps cost N11.5 million each when we assumed office, but currently they cost N25 million each and they are scarce.

“We have made the necessary commitment to the supplier as the vehicles might not even be purchased at that amount in 2017,” he said.

The governor said the vehicles would give the traditional rulers a sense of belonging and instil the required confidence on them to enhance their status.

He said: “the vehicles will enable you compete favourably with your counterparts across the country.

“When you travel to zonal and national meetings, our image will reflect positively.

“The vehicles will assist you in achieving our agricultural policies as you are the lead farmers and chief security officers of your various domains.

“In our desire to make the vehicles assist in achieving our agricultural policies, they will not attract Value Income Taxes and other levies.”

Mr. Umahi commended the state House of Assembly for approving the funds for the purchase of the vehicles and the local government area caretaker chairmen for their commitment.

“Most of the House members have not received their official vehicles, but they still approved the purchase of the vehicles for the traditional rulers.

“It is hoped that traditional rulers will reciprocate the gesture at the appropriate time as the local government chairmen also showed avid commitment in achieving the objective.

“The funds for the procurement were shared on equal basis between the state government and local government council.

“We will also offer wardrobe or inconvenience allowances to traditional rulers,” the governor assured.

Samuel Okoronkwo, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, thanked the governor for the gesture and applauded his commitment to enhance the status of traditional institution in the state.

“You graciously approved the increase of their allowances to N100, 000 monthly and currently redeemed your pledge of presenting vehicles to them.

“The traditional rulers have unanimously endorsed you for a second tenure in office and will ensure the objective is achieved,” he added.

Charles Mkpuma, the Chairman of the State’s Traditional Rulers Council, also thanked the governor for the gesture and promised to ensure Umahi completes his good works for the state.

“We assure you that security will be adequately ensured in our various localities especially during this yuletide while working assiduously to achieve the government’s agricultural programmes,” he said.



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  • Ochiaka Ugwu

    it is just unfortunate that people no longer matter. politics all the way, governance has gone down the drain. may the good lord save us from us.

  • The Optimist

    It’s good that traditional leaders are being honoured. But this gift is purely disguised political corruption. It’s essence is to pave way for 2019. The recipients are already drumming out the message. Shame!

    • Wale

      “It is hoped that traditional rulers will reciprocate the gesture at the appropriate time as the local government chairmen also showed avid commitment in achieving the objective”.

      “The funds for the procurement were shared on equal basis between the state government and local government council.”

      Only one sect is missing g from this report; The people of Ebonyi state.

    • Mbaja

      True indeed. The people being governed are so ignorant that they see nothing wrong with this wasteful corruption. This is a bribe in advance for 2019. Traditional rulers contribute nothing to the economy. Just visit the Ebonyi State capital, Abakaliki, and see the deplorable state of the DUSTY roads, which is why the state is often nicknamed “THE DUST OF THE NATION.”. I have pity on those who try to kill in their support of a political candidate. Once in office, the politicians only take care of themselves and immediate families.

  • Tamuno

    I hope the Governor paying workers’ their salaries. Can you imagine the Governor of New York or New Jersey or Texas buying cars for mayors or councilmen. Why, why the waste? It is a shame. These Governors are so primitive it is not funny. Why are the people accepting this level of mediocrity. The Good Lord will not come down from heaven to help Nigerians. Faith without work is dead.

    • chuks

      Totally agree. Now, even the mayors and councilmen provide some service to their communities, but the traditional rulers serve zero purpose, and should be done away with. That was one of the first things that was taken care of by the founding fathers of America – that there should never be any ruling class by inheritance, and also no titles such as Sir, Lord, Chief, King, Prince, Baron etc. My feeling about all this is, if any Igbo or other Nigerian community wants to maintain a traditional leader, good for them, but they should do so at their own expense, and not expect the state government to maintain their ruler for them.

    • paul irumundomon

      In America, everybody is equal before the law, their constitution was not written by secondary school drop out, who were privileged to enter nda school and graduated on recognition bases. They have no traditional rulers, who drive cars without licence plates.

  • paul irumundomon

    Who will buy cars for Headmaster, who only have children to teach and no stealing from them, instead impart knowledge. Headmaster deserve free vehicles too.