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Enugu Labour Makes Volte-face On N12m Jeep For Govt Officials

Posted: Oct 29, 2015 at 8:05 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emmanuel Nzomiwu, Enugu

The Labour movement in Enugu State has back-tracked in its statement, threatening a showdown with the government for purchasing Prado jeeps for members of the State House of Assembly and some government officials.

During a press briefing, the Chairman of the Joint Negotiating Council, Chukwuma Igbokwe, said that the workers had been properly briefed on the true situation.

While commending Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for having a listening ear, Igbokwe said that the press briefing was an aftermath of a meeting between the governor and the labour leaders.

“We met with his Excellency and he gave us the true situation. We reconcilled issues; let me commend his Excellency’s mode of operation; each time there are issues, he will always clear the air.

“There is information his Excellency gave us about the jeep and which we discussed’ it’s not the issue of buying, what we said is that vehicles were given out free, but now we know the true situation; where you are in a family, there are times there are misconceptions, the important thing is that at the end of the day, everybody is happy,” Igbokwe said.

Also, the state Information Commissioner, Godwin Udeuhele, said that the vehicles were not free, but that they would be returned to the government at the end of their tenure.

“There were insinuations that the governor gave out jeep to House of Assembly members, and other govt officials; after discussion, the labour came to know that no vehicle was given out free of charge; it’s a pool of vehicles, at the expiration of their tenure, those vehicles become property of government.

“In the strength of that, you people, the media should always cross-check your facts before going to the press; if you had done that this would not have happened.

Labour is very friendly with government; we have held meeting with them; it’s a friendly affair.”


Contributing, Leader of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Ikechukwu Ezeugwu, said that no lawmaker received free vehicle from government, stressing that the cars were duly allocated to them.