The Association of Former Local Government Council/Development Centre Chairmen, Enugu state, has appealed to the Enugu state government to pay them their statutory severance allowances or what they called “severance packages.”
These were the council/development centre chairmen that served the state between 2003 and 2007.
The former council bosses made the appeal in Enugu when they paid a congratulatory visit to the Chief of Staff, Government House, Enugu, Dr. Festus Uzor.
Coordinator of the group, Hon. Ernest Nweze, in an address, told the Chief of Staff that according to the Enugu State Local Government Law 2000 that empowered the creation of the development centres, they were entitled to severance packages.
“The Enugu State Local Government Law 2000 empowered the creation of the development centres and the appointment of chairmen by the then Executive Governor of Enugu state. This bestowed us with all the rights and privileges of a government appointee entitled to severance packages,” he said.
Nweze, however, lamented while some of their colleagues were paid the severance package, they seemed to have been forgotten.
“In the recent payment of these packages, we were either, by commission or omission, not included. Kindly use your good offices to let our governor know about this glaring omission with the aim of availing us with the payment.
“Sir, please help us to convey goodwill message to our leader, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Dr. Lawrence Ugwuanyi, for the good works he is doing in our state. We assure him of our unflinching support and solidarity at all times,” he said.
Responding, the Chief of Staff assured them that their message would be conveyed, saying that they deserved what they were asking for.
“I have heard your request; be rest assured that the governor will hear it. You deserve what you are asking for,” he said.