On Monday, Governor David Umahi approved the payment of severance pay to all former chairman, vice chairmen, and councillors from 2015.
The governor made this announcement on Monday at the Ecumenical Centre in Abakaliki during the opening ceremony of a two week training session for the current and previous chairmen, vice chairmen, councillors, and others.
The training workshop on agriculture was organised by the state government and facilitated by the International Skills Acquisition Centre (ISAC) and CSS Farm Ltd, Abuja.
The training sessions are scheduled to begin on Saturday in Abuja.
Speaking, the governor urged participants to take the training seriously in order to get the full benefit for their personal gains and that of the state in general.
Maintaining that politics is not a vocation, Governor Umahi stressed that one businessman built up in the state was worth more than 100 politicians.
“Have a revolution of the mind and take the training seriously.
“Politics is not a vocation
“I want vocation no longer as second, but first address.
“When you go, you come back to fertilize the state.
“Let it be our own pilgrimage.
“I am one person that does not believe in empty training without tangible results.
“And when you come back, we have designed programme for you starting from the hatchery.”
The governor added that the state would send more Ebonyi residents each month for the development of agricultural capacity and that another group of trainees would be sent the following month.
Umahi promised payment of severance compensation to the previous leaders while emphasizing his desire to provide everyone who served with him with viable employment and vocations after office.
I’m also organizing an exit package for my EXCO members, so they will go there as well.
“I don’t want anyone who worked with me in 2015 to be still searching for places to eat after my departure.
“I have directed that all severance payments due to former councillors, chairmen, and vice chairs be processed and made by the end of this month, starting with 2015.”
In an opening remark, the Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Matters and Rural Development, Chief Donatus Njoku commended the Governor for equipping Ebonyians with skills for sustainable economic development through these various trainings and capacity building.
Prof. John Kennedy Okpara, the training’s coordinator and primary facilitator, praised Governor Umahi’s efforts to build the State’s infrastructure and people resources as exceptional and elegant.