BREAKING: Zamfara Gov Signs Bill Repealing Ex-Govs Jumbo Pension
The governor of Zamfara State, Mr. Bello Mohammed Matawalle has signed into the law the Bill repealing fat jumbo pension for former governors, deputy governors, Speakers and their deputies.
Governor Matawalle signed the Bill into law on Wednesday in Gusau, the state capital.
Recall that ElombahNews reported that the Zamfara state House of Assembly on Tuesday abolished law that allows jumbo payment of pension and other allowances to former governors, their deputies, Speakers and their deputies in the state.
The abolishment of the law came barely 48 hours after a letter written by a former governor, Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar, to Zamfara State Government demanding for the payment of his upkeep allowances running into millions of Naira leaked into the public.
The letter, which generated heated debates within and outside the state, showed Yari requesting payment of N10 million monthly salary from incumbent Governor Matawalle.
Yarin, in the letter dated October 17, 2019, complained non-payment of his monthly salary of N10 million for the past three months.
Assenting to the new law on Wednesday, the governor said he would use the mega allowances going to the ex-government officials to build the teeming unemployed youths in the state.
He regretted that although the former governor had left behind pensions liabilities of about N10 billion apart from other liabilities such as promotion benefits, and workers annual increment, he still had the gut to request the state government to pay him N120 million annually.
Matawalle said the ex-governor, who recently wrote to the state government seeking N10 million as monthly pension would now be collecting the exact amount he was collecting as his monthly salary while he (Yari) was a governor, which would continue as his pension for life.
“In addition to this, he is supposed to get two vehicles from the State Government and they are replaceable every four years; free medical treatment for the former governor and his immediate family and vacation within Nigeria and outside; thirty days vacation within Nigeria or outside Nigeria; and a five-bedroom house in any location of his choice,” said Matawalle.
“The law also extends similar largess to the former Deputy Governors, former Speakers of the State Assembly, and former Deputy Speakers,” he added.
Meanwhile, see below a report by BudgIT Nigeria showing states with Pension Laws for former Governors and Deputies: