Governor Umahi increases workers pay, pardons 32 prisoners

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It was gathered that the Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. David Umahi, has announced the increase of workers salary.


Umahi announced the news during this year’s 56th independence day celebration and Ebonyi at 20 held at the Abakaliki Township Stadiumon Saturday.

Umahi, who also pardoned 32 prisoners  and commuted the death sentence of 14 others to life imprisonment, was full of praises for  the founding fathers of the state.

He thanked a former Governor of the State, Dr. Sam Egwu, for mediating during the government-Labour dispute in the state  last year and also hailed the Nigeria Labour Congress for its show of understanding .

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Umahi said: “We have been very much disturbed about the plight of our dear workers.

“We were disturbed that our workers were not with us as we want them to be with us and we understood them.

“They need an increment in their salaries.

“Let me use the opportunity to thank Dr. Sam Egwu who mediated on this before now.

“The  NLC even suspected him that he was siding us.

“But I continue to say his action was borne out of his  experience of this office.

“Let me thank the labour leaders for your commitment and for your understanding.

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“You were pushing me because,you didn’t want workers to suspect you.

“Thank you for the wisdom you deployed in arriving at what we have today.

“And so let me announce on behalf government of Ebonyi State that effective from October I, the increase in salaries of Ebonyi workers by five per cent.”

The governor also said he would  ensure the immediate release of workers promotion, assuring   that the gratuities and arrears of all retired civil servants and public office holders were  paid soon.

He explained that the pardon and commuttal of the sentences of some prisoners in the state were   in pursuance of section 212 of the 1999   Constitution which  gave him power to do so.

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In a remark, the Chairman of the occasion, Most Rev. Christopher Edeh, noted that the independence of Nigeria at 56 was being marked at a time of setbacks and security challenges.

Edeh urged the governor to put more effort in ensuring that the state was developed and the increasing poverty among the rich and the poor in  the state was reduced.

6 thoughts on “Governor Umahi increases workers pay, pardons 32 prisoners

  1. I don't see any reason to thank the governor for anything regarding the salary. How much is 5% of 18,000? Four thousand (4,000) over 30 days is 110 per day! Is that for okada or bus transportation? We should look at what I'm saying from a governor earning officially not less than 2,000,000.00 every month. Workers are not beggars and fairness must be pursued to give them what could really sustain them and their families. To hell with even 50% increase,

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  2. See a governor increase salaries in "recession" to increase staff's purchasing power while others like Yahaya Bello of Kogi is using a whole year to screen and rescreen staff, while not paying salaries! The bullhead uses as little as an undotted "i" to call one a ghost worker, hurrying to the press!
    ...a governor that had to be stoned at the mosque, tufiakwa!

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