The Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi, has said that plan was underway to pay monthly stipends to former legislators and local government chairmen in the state.
He announced this at his Uburu country home when the people of Izzi clan, comprising Abakaliki, Izzi and Ebonyi Local Government Areas paid him Christmas and New Year homage.
Mr. Umahi said he would seek the approval of the state House of Assembly to make the law.
A statement by his spokesman, Emma Anya, quoted the governor as saying: “My aim is to carry everybody along especially the political class, and that’s why I will be approaching the House of Assembly to ask them for approval so that those legislators that are not on seat now, we start paying them some stipends. Former Local Government chairmen will also be included. I believe this is how we can get them to help in developing and creating wealth in our state.”
While appealing to the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Francis Nwifuru, to pass a law that would enable the caretaker chairmen of LGAs to contest the elections, the governor said he was planning to source for funds to conduct local government elections in 2017.