342 ex-councillors in Ebonyi protest, demand payment of severance allowance


No fewer than three hundred and forty-two (342) former Councillors and sixty-five (65) Supervisors who hail from the 13 local government areas of Ebonyi State have petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari over alleged unpaid severance allowance by the state government.

The ex-Councillors and Supervisors who served under governor David Umahi,, said they forfeited one month’s salary to support Umahi’s re-election in 2019, and expressed regret over the delay in the payment of their severance allowance after serving the meritoriously.

The former councillors, who besieged the office of the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr. Donatus Njoku to demand the immediate payment of their severance allowance, carried placards with various inscriptions, saying, ‘Say no to cabals that hijacked LGA funds, severance allowance is our right, not a privilege, withholding former councillors entitlement since 2017 is an aberration, etc.

The protesting former councillors, however, tasked the commissioner for local government and chieftaincy matters to implement the governor’s directives by paying them the severance allowance or should resign from office, failure to do that.

“Commissioner for local government, pay former councillors severance allowance or resign, former councillors of Ebonyi state are hungry, they said.

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