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Monday, 13 July 2015

I don’t believe in 50 percent pay cut, earn about N600,000 – Umahi

Gov. Dave Umahi

Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State yesterday said moves by President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and some states governors to reduce their salaries by fifty per cent would be too meagre to address the current financial problems confronting the country .

He said he would not jump on the bandwagon of elected politicians volunteering a cut from their salaries, saying, such a measure was not the solution required to address the current economic doldrums being experienced in the country.
Gov. Dave Umahi
The Ebonyi governor stated this shortly after he held a closed door meeting with former president Olusegun Obasanjo in his Abeokuta, Ogun State Presidential Hilltop Mansion .
The Presidency and some states governors had announced a reduction in their salaries by fifty per cent as part of the measures to reduce expenses and save more money for the states.
“I hit the ground running from day one and I don’t believe in makeshift things. I also don’t believe in if you cut 50 percent of your salary, that is not where the issue is. I think it’s not the major issue.
“The major issue is to be honest to the people, it’s to deploy the resources God has given the people, don’t cheat them, don’t steal their money. What we take as political leaders, what is due to us is really very meagre.
” I earn about N600,000 a month; so if I cut it down to 50 percent, that’s N300,000. That is not the kind of money the society is looking for. They are asking whatever is due to us, give it to us and I believe in that,” Umahi said.
He noted that the dwindling prices of oil in the international market was a blessing in disguise to the country as this had compelled Nigeria to think seriously about tapping other natural resources and diversifying her economy.
The Ebonyi governor reiterated the decision of the governors of the South East states against the planned transfer of some Boko Haram suspects to the area, stressing that the Islamic militants were not welcome in any of the states in the region.
Earlier, former president Obasanjo had commended the Ebonyi governor and his predecessor for the peace that has continued to reign in the state.
But in his response, the Ebonyi governor commended the former president as a statesman.
Umahi also praised President Buhari for his non-partisan attitude towards all the state governors, irrespective of their political affiliation.
“We also came here to thank you for the manners and the ways you have been using the wisdom of God to assist in piloting the affairs of our nation. I thank you very greatly sir. I believe very strongly that what transpired during the election is actually the will of God. And we have the opportunity to right the wrong.
“So, we thank you and I want to say sir that you continue to support Mr. President, General Buhari, and I’m very sure with you sir by his side, he is going to deliver in his promises. We are grateful to you sir and we pray that God will continue to sustain you and give you wisdom. It’s amazing sir, because you are great man that is full of wisdom. I know the hands of God are so much about you and you are acclaimed a leader all over the world. God has kept you for us and will continue to sustain you,” Umahi said.
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