January 16, 2021

Don’t say i told you! Kwara State is set to cut off payment of pensions for former governors

Do not sày I told you that very soon, beamlight would be on senate for downward review of their entitlements.

If two state governors can take bold step to cut off pension payments for former state governors ans their deputies, very soon other states would foĺlow the step.

Kwara to stop pension for all former governor, deputies

ByAlfred Olufemi

 

 Kwara State sets to abolish pensions for for

By allcitynews.ng

Barely five days after Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced the readiness to remove former governors from the payrolls, Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has announced plans to cut off payment of the former state governors and their deputies.

Citing over loading of the state treasuries for their actions, the two governor believe that the move would help to improve the human capital development in the states.

The Kwara State Governor today Friday 14 November noted that “the state needs all the resources it can get to improve our human capital development. I believe our limited resources are better spent on tackling the question of poverty and youth unemployment.

“In line with our campaign mantra and the yearnings of our people, next week I will be sending a bill to the State House of Assembly to revoke the law awarding pension packages to former governors and former deputy governors in Kwara State.”

The major victims of this action would be the former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and his protégé, Abdulfatah Ahmed, who governed the state for 16 years altogether.

It would be recaĺles that Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, few days ago said his regime has begun the move to repeal the law providing payment of pension to ex-governors and their deputies.

“Mr. Speaker and Honourable Members of the House, in light of keeping the costs of governance low and to signal selflessness in public service, we will be sending a draft executive bill to the House imminently for the repeal of the Public Office Holder (Payment of Pension Law 2007), which provides for payment of pension and other entitlements to former Governors and their deputies.”

If allowed to sail through, the law will affect a leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, and the current minister of Works, Babatunde Fashola – two former governors of the state.

In the past years, the payment of huge amounts as entitlements to former governors, a subject of discourse in Nigeria, has been described as “frivolous and wasteful”, considering the meagre resources available