Ebonyi state House of Assembly has given the state government a nod to give welfare packages to Civil and Public servants in the state and local government levels as well as some members of the general public for Xmas and new year Celebration. The House in its Thursday plenary also approved the state government's request to pay every Civil and Public Servants in the Junior cadre and their counterpart in the Senior cadre who are in the payroll of the state 100 and 50 percent salary bonuses in the month of December, 2015 respectively. The letter to that effect was sent to the House by Governor David Umahi.
According to Umahi, the reason for the welfare package is to cushion the sufferings of the Civil and Public servants as well the general public in the state. The governor in the letter told the Lawmakers that the decision was taken in 18th meeting of the state Executive council held Wednesday,11, November. He noted that the need to approach the House for the approval was borne out of the fact that welfare package was not captured in the 2015 budgetary provisions of the state.
The letter further explained that the 13 local government Areas and the 64 Development Centres are expected to spend not more than forty million naira on the welfare package programme. The Majority leader, Hon Joseph Nwaobashi who moved a motion asking his colleagues to allow the governor's request sail through said the decision is a round peg in a round hole considering the economic predicament in the country which is already having adverse effect on the people. Nwaobashi noted that it was commendable of the governor to have taken up the task of assisting the civil and the public servants as well as the general public at this challenging period.
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The Chief Whip, Chike Ogiji commended the Governor for the Courage to cushion the sufferings of the people despite the huge capital projects he is embarking on. He said the Governor's initiative shows he is in tune with the needs of the people. Other lawmakers who contributed including the Minority leader, Mrs Maria Udenwachi of the Progressives People's Alliance,PPA, commended the initiative of the Governor saying the gesture will go along way to cushioning the sufferings of the people. They lawmakers described it as a welcome development especially as it is coming in the yuletide period.
The speaker, Nwifuru Ogbonnaya Francis on his part said the Governor meant well for the people which is evident in his policies and programmes. He put the motion on voice vote and it was unanimously adopted. The Speaker ordered the Clerk to make a memo informing the governor of the approval of his request. The Lawmakers also observed one minute silence in the honour of a former Minister of Education, Dr Igwe Aja-Nwachukwu, who died in an Israeli hospital while receiving medical treatment and the 13 others who died in an auto crash on Tuesday along Abakaliki-Afikpo road.
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