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Anambra ex-council chiefs threaten showdown over unpaid entitlements

By Uzoma Nzeagwu, Awka   |   16 May 2017   |   3:25 am

Willie Obiano

Former local government chairmen in Anambra State who served between 2014 and 2016 have threatened to make public how the local governments were administered for about 30 months they served under Governor Willie Obiano’s government.

They said they were planning to address a World Press conference and tell the public everything that happened when they held sway as the councils chairmen.

They warned that they would do everything legally possible to get what was due to them, even if it involves petitioning the various anti-corruption agencies against the Obiano-led administration.

In a four-page letter addressed to Obiano, dated April 25, the ex-chairmen are demanding the sum of N21, 987,000, which according to them, was the shortfall of their approved take-home pay as approved by the Revenue Allocation, Mobilisation and Fiscal Committee (RAMFC) Law Vol. 1 2007 among others.

The chairman of group, Chief Azubuike Iloh told newsmen in Awka at the weekend that they were yet to get responses to their letter, insisting that their demands were legitimate.

Iloh who was the former chairman of Awka South council said: “We have exhausted the time for us to dialogue and no word had reached us since we wrote the letter.”

According to him, the 14 working days ultimatum issued to the government expire yesterday. It is unfortunate that up till now, we have not got positive response from Obiano.

Also an aggrieved ex-council member, who pleaded anonymity, insisted that their demands are legitimate, maintaining that they would stop at nothing in their bid to get their entitlements in full.




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