By Peter Okutu
Abakaliki—Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State said plans are underway to pay monthly stipends to ex-lawmakers and local government chiefs of the state.
He announced this 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 homage.
Umahi, who said he would approach the state House of Assembly to make a law to that effect, said the reason was to accommodate them in his administration.
A statement, yesterday, by his Chief Press Secretary, Emma Anya, quoted him as saying: “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.
“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.”
The governor, who also stated that the Director-General of Divine Mandate Campaign Organization, Fidelis Nwankwo, would be re-appointed in 2019 said he was planning to source funds to conduct local government election this year.
He appealed to the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Francis Nwifuru, to enact a law that would enable the Caretaker Chairmen of local government areas to contest the election.