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Labour minister denies benefiting from double pay

28 April 2016, 13:46

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, denied he was one of government officials said to have unfairly benefitted from double payments.

“It is my considered opinion that I respond in the public interest, to the issue of double emolument s to former State Governors, which has drawn sustained media discuss, and no less negative reactions from a cross section of Nigerians,” a statement provided by his office read.

“I am doing this, being fully aware of the relevant sections of the law, public morality and the prevailing ethos of honest and transparent leadership, which the Federal Government of our great Party led by Muhammadu Buhari is battling to enthrone.”

Ngige said it had become imperative for him to explain his circumstance as he neither draw from nor had at any time drawn double emoluments, having been elected or appointed into public service positions at different times.

He left office in 2006 as Governor of Anambra State and was in the 7th Senate (June 2011-2015) before his appointment as minister last year.

Also read: Ngige pledges government's commitment to disabled

“I have never drawn a dime even in the intervening period that I was not in public office, as salary, emolument or pension from the Anambra State government coffers.”

“In fact, I have not received any severance benefit as prescribed in the Anambra State House of Assembly law on pensions and other welfare and benefits for former Governors and Deputy Governors, 2006, and amended 2013.”

Ngige said aside the two utility vehicles given to him some years ago, he had not accessed any of the privileges and other “lawful trappings” due to the office.

He said it was worth stating that the Supreme Court affirmed that he was entitled to these benefits.

Ngige said the explanation had become necessary because of the calls and enquiries received from many quarters.

“The ultimate aim of public office is service to the people and putting the public conscience in mind is the only way to achieve it.  This I will continue to pursue.”

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