August 24, 2023

Subsidy: FG releases N2bn, 3,000 bags of rice to Ebonyi


Gov Nwifuru

…as Ebonyi approves N4.3bn payment of arrears of gratuity to retired civil servants

By Peter Okutu, Abakalili

Ebonyi State Government, Thursday, announced that the Federal Government has approved the sum of two billion naira and three thousand bags of rice as palliatives to Ebonyi citizens to cushion the effects of the negative impact of subsidy removal in the country.

The Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Ebonyi State. Engr. Jude Chikadibia Okpor stated this while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council Meeting in Abakaliki.

He further added that the State Government has approved the payment of N4.3 billion for retired Civil Servants between 1996 to 2021 in the State.

“In furtherance of the resolve of the people-oriented and purpose-driven administration of His Excellency, Rt Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru to lift the living standard of majority of Ebonyians through Human Capital development policies, the Ebonyi State Executive Council also approved the payment of arrears of gratuity to retired civil servants from 1996 to 2021 with a cost implementation of over four billion naira (#4.3b).

“Council also directed that all issues around those who are yet to receive the payment of their pension which is still ongoing should be resolved without further delay. This magnanimous gesture of His Excellency aimed at ameliorating the suffering of our senior citizens will unarguably serve as a moral boaster to workers who are still in service. Exco members expressed their support for this decision with a standing ovation to His Excellency, the chairman of the council.”

He said: “It is to be recalled that Exco had earlier directed the Commissioner for Skill Development and Job Creation and his counterpart in the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Business Development to visit major cities in the country to bring back young Ebonyians indulging in street hawking and other menial jobs for training in skills and businesses of their choice.

“To further demonstrate the readiness of the Ebonyi State Government to drive the programme to a logical conclusion, the Exco approved an empowerment package of two million naira each for one thousand five hundred young Ebonyians involved in street hawking and other menial jobs both at home and across the major cities after graduation from the training. The approval which will cost the state over three billion naira, (#3b) is to be implemented in three phases of five hundred (500) beneficiaries in each phase.

“Consequently, the State Executive Council approved the sum of two billion naira as initial capital for the implementation of this empowerment programme. The training and and subsequent empowerment of the first batch of five hundred beneficiaries will commence as soon as all the necessary frameworks are put in place.

“Finally, Exco approved the constitution of three committees to oversee the implementation of the above resolutions.

“The Secretary of the council was directed by the Exco to issue letters of appointment to the committee members. The meeting was then adjourned indefinitely.”