Leadership (Abuja)

26 December 2012

Nigeria: What Governors Are Giving At Christmas

In the spirit of Christmas, Imo state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha declared two-week holiday for civil servants in the state.

He also disclosed that each worker would receive N10, 000 as Christmas bonus. Governor Rochas, again, extended the gesture to security agencies in the state.

He has reportedly pumped N500 million into uplifting the spirits of the servicemen for the holidays.

He said officers and men of the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Civil Defence and Security Corps (NCDSC), State Security Services (SSS), Nigerian Immigration, Federal Road Safety corps (FRSC), Nigerian Prisons, National drug Law enforcement agency (NDLEA) and Nigerian customs Service, will get N10, 000 each from the largess.

And in Abia State, Governor Theodore Orji has granted pardon to eight prisoners in commemoration of the Christmas celebration.

Orji's gesture was announced in a statement issued in Umuahia by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Ugochukwu Emezue.

The beneficiaries included Ngozi Simon, Ngozi Esina, Okwuonu Eme, Lawrence Egbu and Sunday Amala who were serving various jail terms for murder.

The rest were Chidiebere Jacob and Pius Anizo who were convicted of manslaughter, and Chibuzo Azuonwe who was convicted of robbery.

In a Christmas message also made available to newsmen, Orji urged Christians in the state to "continue to exhibit those virtues Jesus Christ symbolises'.

He charged them "to use this period to pray for the peace and unity of Nigeria" in view of the current security challenges in the country.

The statement quoted the governor as saying that "prayers can change situations for good.

"The governor said he is optimistic that the country will soon become the envy of other nations."

The statement assured the people of adequate security of lives and property during and after the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Meanwhile, Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State has lifted the three-month suspension on three commissioners in the state for improper dressing to a state banquet.

The Commissioners are: Chief Hycinth Ikpo, Culture and Tourism; Mr Chukwuma Nwandugo, Works and Transport and Dr Ben Igwenyi, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice.

The commissioners were suspended on 24 November and were barred from attending any state function during the suspension.

In a statement made available to newsmen and signed by Dr Onyekachi Eni, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, the suspension was lifted 22 December.

"The suspension was lifted in the spirit of Christmas and New Year Festivities and the goodwill that traditionally accompany the periods.

"The lifting is in the expectation that appropriate lessons have been learnt from the incidence," the statement stated.

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