Kwara assembly didn’t repeal pension law on governors, deputies – Popoola
By Oluseyi Dasilva
A member of the Kwara state House of Assembly, Hon. Saheed Popoola, has clarified that the state assembly did not actually repeal the Pension Law as affecting former governors and their deputies in the state.
While shedding some light on the controversial pension law, Popoola asserted that Governor Abdul Rahman Abdulrazaq was right in submitting that the pension law was never repealed but amended. He expressed the readiness of the 9th legislative session to speedily consider the bill seeking abrogation of the law as soon as it is forwarded to the house by the governor.
Our correspondent, who monitored the lawmaker while featuring on a programme tagged: ‘Ifokanbale Kwara’ on a national radio FM, Idofian, said that the pension law was never revoked but only amended by the eighth assembly.
The lawmaker added that if not that the governor had many things competing for his attention, he would have been the first governor in Nigeria to repeal the pension law.
“The first governor to repeal pension law was Governor Bello Mutawalle of Zamfara state, and he did it to spite his predecessors; but here in Kwara, it was one of the campaign promises of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq and I reminded him in August.
“I was a member of the eighth assembly; we didn’t repeal the pension law. What we did was that we amended it and clarified that any governor who do not spend more than one term will not be entitled to the pension package; but now, what will be done is total abolishment, and we will pass the bill possibly the very day we receive it. There is no money and we can’t talk about building house for someone in Abuja or Lagos during a period like this”, he said.
Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq had, penultimate Friday, disclosed that he would be sending a bill to the state House of Assembly requesting the lawmakers to immediately repeal the law awarding pension packages to former governors and former deputy governors.
“The governor has listened to voices of the majority of the citizens opposing the pension law for former governors and the deputy governors. In line with his campaign mantra and as a product of democracy, he will be sending a bill to the House of Assembly next week requesting them to repeal the law,” his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Rafiu Ajakaye, had submitted in a statement made available to journalists.
Abdulganiyu Abdulqadir, who was press officer on local matters to former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, had submitted that there was no law to be repealed as such had already been done.
“It would be recalled that in February, 2018, the Kwara state House of Assembly revised the law and abolished payment of the pension, a move that was publicly hailed by then senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki.”