By Chukwuemeka Opara
The Governor of Ebonyi State, Mr David Umahi, has approved the increase of the state’s traditional rulers’ Palace Maintenance Allowance from N40, 000 to N100, 000.
This is contained in a news statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr Emma Anya, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abakaliki.
Anya said that the increase took effect from Aug. 2016.
“The Ministry of Local and Chieftaincy Matters is to ensure the implementation of the latest approval by the governor.
“All parastatals involved in issues pertaining to traditional rulers should also ensure the implementation of the increase,” he said.
Umahi had at various occasions reiterated his government’s commitment to enhance the welfare of traditional rulers.
The development is contrary to events of last week when the governor ordered the immediate sack of some non-academic staff of the Ebonyi State University and the Ebonyi State College of Education.
The decision followed a report of a committee set-up by the governor to review the activities of the institutions.
The governor also ordered that promotion of staff in both institutions be suspended until the visitation panel concluded its duties.
He also directed the state’s fiscal responsibility commission to investigate activities in both institutions.
According to Umahi, “It is not economically viable for the institutions to recruit adjunct staff in the non-academic cadre, as the employees will be redundant in their duties.
“It does not make ‘economic sense’ for the institutions to employ 400 cleaners as one wonders the scope and nature of work they will be doing.
“We know that the managements postulated ‘professional sense’ in employing such workers but with the prevailing economic situation in the country, we should effectively merge it with ‘economic sense.
“When we conclude all reviews and investigations, I am optimistic that we can reduce their tuition fees as obtained in other states of the South East geo political zone,” he said.