Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi has announced the sack of the 13 caretaker council chairmen and all the development centre coordinators in the state, and stated that the sack would not stop the ongoing probe by the state Assembly of their financial dealings while in office.
The governor stated that the reason for the sack, which would take effect from the end of this month, followed the earlier request by some of the council bosses and the coordinators to be allowed to resign.
Chief Umahi, who made this known while re-presenting the 2015 budget inside the chamber of state House of Assembly, urged the House to allow all appointments made at local government councils to seize on said date.
He told the lawmakers that the intention of his administration to scrap some ministries as well as merge some parastatals was to enable him contend with the high profile debt of the state.
He added that any public office holder who would be engaged by his administration must be ready to sacrifice 50 percent of his/her earnings before such person could be engaged.
Meanwhile, Umahi has re-presented the 2015 appropriation bill of N75.8billion estimate representing 11 percent reduction from the N80.017billion earlier presented by former Governor Martin Elechi.
The governor noted that the withdrawal of the budget as presented by the former governor was not because the budget was totally bad but apart from the issue that surrounded the non-passage of the budget, there was need to make the budget conform to the present economic realities.
Recall that the House had explained that it failed to pass the 2015 budget as presented by the former governor following the inability of the then parastatals to come and defend the budget.
While former the governor tagged the budget ‘Budget of Transition and Fulfilment,’ Governor Umahi during the re-presentation tagged it ‘Budget of Repositioning.’
According to the budget, the recurrent expenditure stood at N37.7 billion while capital expenditure was N38.8 billion, whereas the works sector received the highest appropriation of N8.4 billion followed by the education sector.
The speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Francis Nwifuru assured the governor of speedy passage of the appropriation bill.


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