The recently impeached Burutu Local Government Chairman, Hon Ebikeme Clark has declared that the Councilors plotted his removal simply because he refused to share local council allocation with them in detriment of workers’ salaries.
He stated this in a release 4th October, 2017, personally signed by and made available to newsmen.
In his words, “They recently threatened that if I do not leave part of the last two months allocation for sharing they will move a motion against me. These are the sins of Ebikeme Clark.”
Speaking further, Ebikeme stressed that all the councilors wanted is for him to accumulate salary arrears like other Councils and divert some of the money for sharing to enable them to build their houses and buy cars.
Giving details of what transpired between him and the Council legislative, the son of Chief Edwin Clark stressed that because he preferred payment of workers’ salaries to sharing allocation among the lawmakers was the only offense he committed.
Reeling out his achievements apart from the payment of workers’ salaries, he told GbaramatuVoice that he has given the Councilors in excess of N100million in the form of claims and other allowances.
In the same token, he pointed out that Burutu Local Government is the only council area in Delta State that is not owing workers’ salaries.
Continuing, Hon Ebikeme alleged that the N50million loan borrowed by previous administrations and shared among themselves was paid by him.
The Chairman stated that he met a riverine local government without a boat; he then bought 3 (for workers, legislative arm, and the executive).
“As we speak, the boat given to the legislative arm was hired to an oil company without due process and up till now, we don’t know where the boat is,” the Chairman alleged.
On improving the workers’ condition of service, Hon Ebikeme stressed that he met a Council without a working vehicle. As a result, he bought 6 brand new ones
Outside full payment of the Councilors salaries and allowances, the release explained that the Chairman is in the process of replacing the furniture bought since 2002. This he revealed is in production and will be delivered in less than 2 weeks from now.
The statement finally stated that the leader of the legislative arm enjoys a brand new car and that he had always asked them to compare themselves to their counterparts in the other local governments in the state.