- The minister of labour and employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has thrown more light on an issue concerning his home state of Anambra
- Ngige cleared the air on the recent payment of monies owed Anambra state by the Federal Government
- He, however, faulted claims by Senator Victor Umeh, that he was one of those who facilitated the process
The minister of labour and employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has thrown more light on the recent payment of monies owed Anambra state by the Federal Government
Ngige threw more light on the issue on Sunday, August 19, in a live radio interview on Odenigbo 99.1 FM in his home state of Anambra.
He, however, faulted claims by Senator Victor Umeh, that he was one of those who facilitated the process, stressing that Umeh was not even a lawmaker when the issue was resolved.
His words: “Recall that the seat of Anambra Central was vacant for two years after the removal of Senator Uche Ekwunife by the court.
“During the time we worked through the approval process of the monies, Senator Umeh has not even neared the Senate. How can a senator who has spent only five months claim that he facilitated the approval of the monies we worked on before he arrived the Senate? We must give honor to whom honor is due.
“I as the minister representing Anambra state worked together with the two Anambra state senators, Senators Andy Uba, and Stella Oduah to approve these funds.
“Initially Anambra submitted about N45bn but during the vetting process, it was reduced to 37billion. Senator Umeh was never in the picture at the time we processed the fund for approval.”
Just recently, a group, Coalition Of Anambra Youth For Buhari (CAYB), expressed gratitude to Senator Andy Uba for facilitating the release of the money.
This was made known by CAYB chairman, Martin Chukwu, through a press release sent to Legit.ng on Monday, July 30.
Chukwu noted that the amount will go a long way in improving the living standard and well-being of the state, stressing that it further demonstrates the fact that President Buhari means well for the people of the Southeast region.
On Andy Uba’s effort towards facilitating the release, Chukwu added that Uba remains the best senator in the history of Anambra state.
“It is on record that the senator remains the best federal lawmaker to have ever come out from Anambra state. His track records through numerous constituency projects are a testament of his goodwill for the people of the state,” he said.
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