- Jibrilla Bindow, the outgoing governor of Adamawa state has been under fire in recent days
- The governor is being accused of paying himself severance gratuity a month before leaving office
- A civil society organisation however says the governor and his aides are entitled to the benefits
Mapida Ikwurunyi, coordinator, Justice Frontier Forum, says that Governor Mohammed Bindow of Adamawa and his aides have the right to receive severance allowances.
Ikwurunyi made the clarification on Thursday, April 2 while briefing newsmen in Yola the Adamawa state capital.
Governor Bindow has been under fire in recent days after he was accused of paying himself severance gratuity a month before leaving office.
Ikwurunyi insisted that the law did not limit the powers of any sitting governor or outgoing governor from paying the severance package to himself and that of his appointees.
His words: “The governor has every right to pay exit allowance to himself and those of his political appointees.
“Bindow is still the executive governor of Adamawa state till May 29 and as such, his executive powers are limitless.
“As long as the governor still pays salaries to workers including himself, he equally has the powers by law to pay every benefit that accrues to him within the time bound.
“It will become an issue when Bindow exercises powers after May 29. It is instructive that no law inhibits previous governors from paying severance allowances to themselves. If they failed to pay themselves and today they resort to begging, such is their own cup of tea.’’
Meanwhile, Alhaji Ahmadu Fintiri, the Adamawa governor-elect, has constituted a 65-member transition committee to ensure a smooth take-over from the out-going administration of Bindow.
Fintiri inaugurated the 65-man committee in Yola on Monday, April 1, saying the measure was necessary for smooth handing over by the out-going administration.
He said the committee should obtain the detailed description of the structures of government, its institutions and number of work force.
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