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Saraki, others may no longer get pension as Kwara Assembly passes new bill



Saraki, others may no longer get pension as Kwara Assembly passes new bill

The idea of paying pension to governors and their deputies after serving out their tenures may soon end in Kwara State as the State House of Assembly on Tuesday passed an amendment bill halting such payment.

Those the bill seek to stop payment of pension to also include other political officers whose tenure in office have expired.

Senate President Bukola Saraki is a former governor of the state, and the issue of his pension was the subject of recent debates, as the Socio Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) raised posers over the payment of such pension to him and other former political office holders in different states of the country.

The bill was considered sequel to the report of the House Committee on Establishment and Public Service at the Committee of the Whole House sitting in Ilorin.

The deputy House Leader, Segilola Abdulkadir, moved the motion for the passage of the bill and it was unanimously adopted by other members.

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Subsequently, the Deputy Speaker, Matthew Okedare, who presided over the day’s plenary, asked the House Clerk, Alhaji Mohammed Katsina, to make a clean copy of the bill which will be sent to Governor AbdulFatah Ahmed, for his possible assent.

The primary objective of the bill is to review and suspend the existing law that allows pension to be paid to former governors and deputy governors after their tenures have expired.



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