Saraki Urges State Assemblies To Block Pension Of Ex-govs

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THE President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki has urged state assemblies to enact a law that will halt pension being paid to former state governors and their deputies if they hold a political or public office thereafter.

Saraki made the call on Wednesday (28/02/2018) while commending his state assembly, for enacting a law to that effect urging other states assemblies follow suit.

“I am pleased that following my conversation with Kwara speaker, Rt. Hon. Ali Ahmad, two months ago, the bill to suspend the payment of pension to former governors and their deputies when they hold a political or public office was passed into law yesterday by the Kwara house of assembly.

“Moving forward, it is my hope that other state assemblies take a cue from Kwara state and pass similar pieces of legislation into law,” Saraki said.

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Saraki was last year criticised for collecting pension from the state government. He had governed Kwara from 2003 to 2011.

Responding to the allegation, the senate president said he had written a letter to the government to stop paying him pension.

The allegation had prompted the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) urging Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation, to take legal action against former governors, who are now either senators or ministers so as to recover an alleged N40bn earned in double emoluments.

“I’m not collecting pension; the moment I saw that allegation, I wrote to my state to stop my pension.

“So, I speak for myself on that part; I’m not doing that, I am not receiving pension from my state,” he had said in an interview.

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