Pay Our Severance Allowance Now, Kwara Ex-Councilors Appeal

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kwaraEx-Councillors from the 16 Local Government Areas in Kwara on Sunday urged Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed to redeem his promise to pay their severance allowance totalling N2.5 billion.

The ex-councillors, under the aegis of “Ex – Local Government Political Office Holders 2007 – 2010,” made the appeal in a statement signed by Chairman of the Association Mr Sulyman Olota.
Olota recalled their different encounters with Gov. Ahmed where he personally assured them of his resolve to pay their severance allowances. He said the ex-Councillors met with the governor on July 31, 2014 when they staged a peaceful protest to the Government House.

According to the Chairman, failure of the Arbitration Committee set up by the Governor to effect payment of the allowances prompted the group’s second protest to the Government House in September 2014. Olota said the Councillors also met the governor in December 2014 where he assured them that the allowances would be paid immediately after the general elections in 2015.

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He said that the governor had not redeemed his pledge since he was sworn in for the second term.
Olota said this prompted the ex-councillors to book an appointment with the governor via a letter to the Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abdulwahab Yusuf. He said he appealed to the Chief of Staff to facilitate their meeting with the governor as many of their members were suffering.

The Chairman said that his members might have to march to the Government House en-mass by if top government officials failed to deliver their message to the governor. The ex-councillors were turned back at the Government House over the weekend on the ground that Gov. Ahmed was away on official assignment to Abuja

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