Umahi Compels Local Government Chairmen Against Financial Autonomy

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Face threat of losing second tenure.

Ebonyi state Governor, Engr Dave Umahi, through the instrumentality of his commissioner for Local Governments and Chieftaincy matters, Barr Samuel Okoronkwo, has compelled all the chairmen of the thirteen LGAs of the state to sign a prepared document against the financially autonomy granted the Local Governments recently by President Mohammad Buhari or lose their second term bids.

As it stands now, almost all the council chairmen have warily signed the document, affirming that they are not in support of the financial autonomy. With this, they are now assured of an automatic second tenure as council Chairmen.

More so, the governor through the commissioner for Local Government, is now prevailing on the council chairmen to mandate all the ward councillors to append their signatures on the document as that is another compulsory requirement to validate the document which must be submitted tomorrow.

However, the forum of Ebonyi state Ward councillors had earlier today convened an emergency meeting at Fatilami park, Abakaliki, to war against the document. Addressing the over 100 councillors, the chairman of the forum and leader of Ohaozara LGA, Hon Ogbonnia Okorie Ekpe warned that no councillor should ever contemplate signing such document, describing the document (if allowed to survive) as anti people.

Therefore, my people.
Are you from Ebonyi State?
Do you know your ward councillor?
Or do you know any councillor from Ebonyi state? I urge you to quickly call the councillor and straighten his courage. The pressure is too much on each of them as I’m talking typing this. Embolden Him/her never to sign that document no matter the weight of the alluring bribe.
It is all about tomorrow; the future of our children and that of generations unborn.

Attached herewith is a copy of one of the documents.

I am Sampson O. Nweke.
(Senior Advocate of the Masses, SAM).
Human Rights activist/Social crusader.