Former political aides to the immediate past Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Monday Igbuya, have raised alarm over alleged plans by the present leadership of the House to deny them of their legitimate entitlements during the period they served as appointees to the former Speaker.
Igbuya who was elected Speaker in June 2015 was impeached by his colleagues in May, this year.
Emeraldng.com gathered that furniture allowances of his political appointees were not paid during the two-year period as a result of the downturn of the economy occasioned by recession.
However, as the economy begins to pick up, it was learnt that there are plans to pay furniture allowance to aides of lawmakers with the names of the former aides to the former speaker clandestinely missing.
An inside source told Emeraldng.com that the directive to remove the names of the former appointees was handed down by the present leadership of the House.
But the affected former appointees are not taking the matter lightly as they have forwarded a formal letter of complaint to the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, for his action.
The letter dated November 15, 2017, and entitled: ‘A Formal Complaint Over Non Inclusion in the List of Furniture Allowance Beneficiaries of the Delta State House of Assembly as Compiled by the Present Leadership of the House’ was obtained by Emeraldng.com.
In the said letter, the former appointees insisted that they “are legally entitled to furniture allowance as contained in our appointment letters hence we are among the beneficiaries of the furniture allowance.
“We are notifying you in order for you to use your good office to include our names in the list of beneficiaries of furniture allowance for political aides to Speaker and honourable members of the Delta State House of Assembly as a right and not privilege.”