Afikpo North chair sets records with salary bonus

The chairman of Afikpo North local government area, Chief Ogbonnia Oko Enyim, has set the record of being the first local government chairman in Ebonyi state to pay salary bonus to workers of the council, in the spirit of Christmas and New Year celebrations.

In an interview with Blueprint Monday, chairman of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Afikpo North chapter, Comrade Ologwu Abani, said that, out of the thirteen LGAs in Ebonyi State, Enyim necessitated the payment of bonus salaries of workers from Grade Level 1 to 8 and above.

He also commended the chairman for the construction of a 30-shop ultramodern plaza in Afikpo, as well as the renovation of a four bedroom Chief Magistrate’s lodge, which he described as “the first of its kind in the state”.

He said: “We have 13 LGAs in Ebonyi state and I am the chairman of NULGE in Afikpo North. The other 12 NULGE chairmen have been calling me to ask about the magic the chairman of Afikpo North, Chief Ogbonnia Oko Enyim, performed to necessitate workers receiving salary bonuses. Workers from Grade Level 1 to 6 received N5,000 bonus. Grade 6 to 7 received N6,000 bonus, from Grade level 8 and above received N8,000 bonus.

“No chairman in Ebonyi state has been able to perform such a magic for workers. Afikpo North is the only LGA that has enjoyed such a privilege, courtesy of Chief Ogbonnia Oko Enyim. I also commend all the workers in Afikpo North, especially the workaholic treasurer, Mrs Okpani Maris Ubeyi, the Head of Personnel Management (HPM), Mrs Elizabeth Ugo Ogudu and others for their team spirit in ensuring a better Afikpo North. Even the chairman has set aside additional bags of rice to distribute to local government workers tomorrow.

“As for the plaza the chairman is building in Afikpo, it is of great economic benefit to Ebonyians. Also, the magistrate lodge he is renovating will necessitate speedy dispensation of justice, because magistrates always complain of accommodation problems, which always delay their attending to legal cases, because many of them attend court sessions from Abakaliki and sometimes refuse to spend the night. But with this renovated lodge, they will now spend as much time as possible to see to timely dispensation of justice.”