Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi has distributed 18 Prado SUVs worth N279 million to 18 traditional rulers in the state.
The governor, who made the announcement during the distribution at Government House, Abakaliki on Saturday, said that about 80 traditional rulers in the state would benefit from the largess.
He appealed to traditional rulers who have not collected their vehicle to be patient or indicate the vehicles of their choices for money to be provided to buy them.
“The Prado Jeeps cost N11.5 million each when we assumed office, but currently they cost N25 million each and they are scarce.
“We have made the necessary commitment to the supplier as the vehicles might not even be purchased at that amount in 2017,” he said.
The governor said the vehicles would give the traditional rulers a sense of belonging and instill the required confidence on them to enhance their status.
He said: “the vehicles will enable you compete favourably with your counterparts across the country.
“When you travel to zonal and national meetings, our image will reflect positively.
“The vehicles will assist you in achieving our agricultural policies as you are the lead farmers and chief security officers of your various domains.
“In our desire to make the vehicles assist in achieving our agricultural policies, they will not attract Value Income Taxes and other levies.”
Mr. Umahi commended the state House of Assembly for approving the funds for the purchase of the vehicles and the local government area caretaker chairmen for their commitment.
“Most of the House members have not received their official vehicles, but they still approved the purchase of the vehicles for the traditional rulers.
“It is hoped that traditional rulers will reciprocate the gesture at the appropriate time as the local government chairmen also showed avid commitment in achieving the objective.
“The funds for the procurement were shared on equal basis between the state government and local government council.
“We will also offer wardrobe or inconvenience allowances to traditional rulers,” the governor assured.
Samuel Okoronkwo, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, thanked the governor for the gesture and applauded his commitment to enhance the status of traditional institution in the state.
“You graciously approved the increase of their allowances to N100, 000 monthly and currently redeemed your pledge of presenting vehicles to them.
“The traditional rulers have unanimously endorsed you for a second tenure in office and will ensure the objective is achieved,” he added.
Charles Mkpuma, the Chairman of the State’s Traditional Rulers Council, also thanked the governor for the gesture and promised to ensure Umahi completes his good works for the state.
“We assure you that security will be adequately ensured in our various localities especially during this yuletide while working assiduously to achieve the government’s agricultural programmes,” he said.
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Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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