By Aaron Ossai, Abuja
The recent release of over N1.5 Billion by the Government of Ebonyi State for the immediate payment of the pension and gratuity to retired workers from 1996 when the state was created till date and empowerment of 2000 widows across the State have been described as not only as unprecedented, divine, redefinition of governance but as God’s induced rescue mission to save the lives of our Pensioners and widows through Gods’s tool (Gov. umahi) to put smiles on the faces of various families in Ebonyi State.
Engr. David Nweze Umahi the amiable Governor of Ebonyi State has by these acts not only redefine governance in Nigeria but has made governance in Ebonyi State both humane and a divine mission to touch the lives of the people of Ebonyi State.
“The release of another N400 million for the immediate empowerment of over 2000 widows domiciled across the 13 local government area of the State to the tune of N200, 000 each puts Governor Umahi in a different class among political leaders in Nigeria” DUNAETA said in a statement in Abakaliki.
DUNAETA noted with happiness that the widows empowerment programme have been expanded to accommodate additional 2000 widows that will be selected, verified and paid the sum of N200, 000 each by 1st October,
It is also on record that the N1billion naira budgeted for the
Empowerment of 4000 eligible Ebonyians is still being disbursed by the Ministry of Empowerment and Job Creation with about 1000 people collecting their grants of up to N250, 000 each while others who meet the criteria should expect to be paid with effect from Monday the 21st of August, 2017.
DUNAETA noted with joy and thanks to God for the conclusion of the work of the Committee on the Verification of the State Pensions & Gratuities from 2nd October, 1996 to 6th June, 2017 and formal approval of the Committee’s Report by the Executive Council of Ebonyi State on Tuesday the 15th of August, 2017 which led to the release of the sum of N1.5 billion for the payment of arrears of pensions and gratuities of Ebonyi workers from 1996 to 2017. It is now left to all eligible beneficiaries to proceed immediately to the office of the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State for verification in order to ensure that payments are disbursed with dispatch.
These great steps to alleviate the impact of economic recession
Amongst our people simply show that we have truly a divinely oriented administration in Ebonyi State. This was contained in the press release approved and circulated by Lady Monica Ada Chidinma Eze the President and Founder of a grassroots NGO, the David Umahi Nweze Akubaraoha Ebonyi Transformation Agenda (DUNAETA) on Wednesday in Abakaliki the capital of Ebonyi State
Lady Eze who doubles as a Technical Adviser on Media to Governor Umahi further stated that his mentor and boss have truly proved that he is touched by the plight of the Pensioners, widows, youths and elders of Ebonyi State by approving all these pragmatic and humanitarian Strategies.