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
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.
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“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
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.”
– CAJ NewsFor
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