COVID-19: Umahi dissolves Ebonyi LG councils, councillors, Neighbourhood Watch

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi has dissolved the 13  local government executive councils and 171 ward councillors pending when the next election will hold.

Umahi, who stated that their tenure ends on Thursday, May 28, 2020, said he will appoint a transition committee to run the affairs of the 13 LGAs by May 29, 2020.

The governor made this known in a state broadcast on Sunday night at the Executive Council Chambers of the old Government House in Abakaliki.

Also dissolved is the state Neighbourhood Watch with effect from June 1, 2020.

The governor then charged the council chairmen to ensure they pay the outgoing Neighbourhood Watch members their May salaries before leaving office on Thursday. He then assured the outing going chairmen of working with some of them in the fight against COVID-19.

He, however, charged the traditional rulers, town union presidents and head of communities to come together and recommend 100 members of the Neighbourhood Watch for deployment to the 50 border points within the state.

“We want to thank the chairmen because they have worked so hard, but their tenure and the councillors will come to an end by Thursday.

“So we want to passionately thanked them for their efforts in the fight against COVID-19. We assure them that we will still work with them in one way or the other on this unfortunate problem that the nation is facing.

“We shall copy the Edo election on how INEC shall conduct it and do the process of our local government election.

“Effective from 1st of June, the Neighbourhood Watch in Ebonyi State will stand dissolved. We have asked the local government chairmen to ensure that they are paid their salaries for May immediately.

“We will reconstitute the Neighbourhood Watch and we will be giving the authority to the traditional rulers of the various communities in all the local governments together with their village heads and Eze in council. The town union leadership is to come together and recommend immediate redeployment of 100 train Neighbourhood Watch with a salary of N30,000 per month. We have 50 borders; we are going to use this Neighbourhood Watch to monitor the borders.

“So we have reduced the blocking of the border from six to four because the six never worked. So, the police will still have the first blocking, Army will have the second blocking, the other security agencies will come together and have the third blocking, then Neighbourhood Watch alone will block the fourth one.”




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