Like Lagos, Kwara Govt To Scrap Pension For Ex-Governors, Deputies

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Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, on Friday announced plans by state government abolish of packages governors and deputy governors in state.

The announcement comes three days after Governor of Lagos State informed lawmakers in the State House of Assembly about his administration’s effort the of governors and deputies in the south-western state.

In a statement issued in Ilorin, Governor Abdulrazaq’s Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, confirmed that the governor would send a bill the State House of Assembly next week, requesting the lawmakers immediately repeal the law awarding packages governors and deputies in Kwara.

He explained that the governor’s decision was in line with his campaign mantra and proof that he recognised himself as a product of democracy.

“The governor has listened to voices of the majority of the citizens opposing the pension law for former governors and deputy governors.

“As representatives of the , the lawmakers would exercise their discretion to call a hearing on the topic to further harvest wider opinions on the topic,” Ajakaye said.

He added, “However, the governor feels it is time for the law as it is to give way. He would rather the state commits the scarce funds to tackling the question of and youth unemployment.”

Lagos State Governor, , speaks during a budget presentation ceremony held at the legislative chamber of the Lagos State House of Assembly on November 10, 2020.

On Tuesday, Governor Sanwo-Olu told the Lagos lawmakers that the government would send a draft executive bill to the House for the repeal of the Office Holder ( of Pension Law 2007), but specific date was given.

The law provides for of pension and other entitlements to former governors and their deputies.

The Lagos governor had explained that the move was part of innovative ways of keeping the costs of at a minimum while engendering a spirit of selflessness in public service.

He added that the decision became necessary amid the dwindling revenues and the appurtenant inflationary growth rates in the state.