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BARELY a month after receiving bailout from the Federal Government, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has seriously diminished leadership by his decision to buy official cars for 24 state lawmakers and 24 cabinet members. Ugwuanyi’s action is ill-conceived. It is out of touch with the harsh economic realities facing the masses, and no excuses can atone for this recklessness. Stripped of every pretence, the governor’s action is a bribe to ensure the legislators do his bidding at every point in time.
Although public sector workers in the state are passing through untold adversity, the governor has embarked on a totally unnecessary project without considering how to bail them out of their predicament. Vitalis Nwobodo, the Enugu State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, lamented, “The economic situation of workers and pensioners in the state is pitiable. Some pensioners have not received pension and gratuity for upwards of 10 years and 20 years. Some have died prematurely, while the wives of some of the men have left due to their incapacity to provide for their homes.” These workers, who are feeling the pinch the hardest, should demand accountability and responsible governance from Ugwuanyi.