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Friday, August 06, 2021

Lagos State Assembly Slashes Ex-Govs' Pension By Fifty Percent

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday approved the report of its committee on establishment which recommended the reduction of pensions of former governors and other affected officials by 50 percent.








The committee also expunged the provision of houses in Abuja and Lagos for former governors as stipulated in an earlier law operated by the state.

The Speaker of the House, Dr. Mudashiru Obasa, suggested that former governors should get two vehicles (a car and a van) instead of three as recommended by the committee.

He also suggested that the amended bill should provide that the cars be changed every four years instead of the three years recommended by the report.

The report had suggested that a reduction in the number of vehicles to be made available to former governors and their deputies.

While some of the lawmakers, at plenary, had suggested for an upward review of the pension for the affected public office holders by 75 percent, others urged that the pension remain as stipulated in the old law.

Obasa argued that it should be left at 50 percent, especially as the report had recommended the removal of houses and reduced other benefits.

He recalled the recent murder of the President of Haiti and said it was necessary to secure the lives of the former office holders.

“By virtue of my office, I have seen former Speakers who we just had to intervene in their lives because of the situations they found themselves outside office. We have also seen former governors in a very bad situation,” he said.

Obasa noted the argument of his colleagues that the projected downward review of the pension for the former governors and others could also be affected by inflation and other economic considerations, but reminded that the House must meet the wishes of the people, one of which is a cut in the cost of governance.

“There is no argument, we must realise that this is democracy and it is all about the people. We are here because of the people. When we represent people, it is good for us to listen to them as well.

We must realise that we would always go back to the people for support. So when we hearken to their agitations and reduce what exist, it shows that we listen,” Obasa told his colleagues adding that his suggestion for further reduction of the number of cars was because “as you age, your needs continue to decrease.”

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9 comments:

  1. 🕶️🕶️🕶️🕶️

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  2. How about benefits of the retired civil servants?. Who takes care of them.

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  3. THAT BARRACKS BOY6 August 2021 at 09:31

    All to witcthunt Ambode

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  4. Good news.
    Jagaban ,are you listening to this ?

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  5. Good one from Lagos State House of Assembly. The cost of governance in Nigeria is just too much.

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  6. Our national assembly should take note of this and do the needful.

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  7. Same should also go the national assembly, ministers,even the president and his vice. Both serving and past

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