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Less than 20 days to the end of his administration, the Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, has sworn in four new commissioners, The Eastern Updates reports.
The event took place at EXCO Chambers, New Government House, Ochudo Centenary City, on Tuesday.
The new commissioners include Chief Enekwachi Akpa (Governor’s Office, Local Government Projects), Dr Obianuja Gertrude Alo (Aviation and Technology), Barr. Emeka Nwode (Governor’s Office, Legal Services) and Mr Uchenna Nwakpuma (Governor’s Office, Stadium).
The Eastern Updates recalls that four commissioners resigned their positions on May 13, 2022, to contest for various political offices in the state.
Recall that the Ebonyi State House of Assembly had a fortnight ago given his approval over ₦1.6bn for Umahi to bankroll exit packages for stakeholders.
The approval came just a few days before the expiration of Umahi’s tenure.
The Eastern Updates reports that the approval of the said sum, was debated on the floor of the House by members led by the Deputy Speaker, Kinsley Ikoro, representing Afikpo North West Constituency.
The leader of the State House of Assembly, Victor Chukwu, representing Ezza North West Constituency, who spoke to newsmen shortly after the house sitting, said the approval of the said fund was for the interest of the citizens of the state and not for the governor.
According to him: ‘We only approved a fund for an exit package, which is targeted at appreciating those who have worked with the governor. It is a welfare package for the citizens of the state.
‘It is an extension of the empowerment program that the governor has been doing and there is nothing new about it. The fund wasn’t approved for him as a governor but for the interest of Ebonyi citizens. We only approved one billion, six hundred million,‘ he stated.
The Eastern Updates gathered that the members of the house, equally confirmed the appointment of four commissioner nominees, that was sent to them by the governor.