- The Zamfara House of Assembly repeals law backing monthly jumbo pay to former political office holders
- Following the revocation of the law, former governor of the state, Abdulaziz Yari, loses his entitlements
- The bill passed through first, second reading and was discussed at the committee of the whole House before passage
It is dashed hope for immediate past governor of Zamfara, Abdulaziz Yari, as the state House of Assembly has revoked the law that granted him the legal right to the N10 million monthly pay he recently demanded from his successor, Bello Matawalle.
With the repealing of the law, Yari and other former governors of the state, their deputies and speakers have effectively lost out.
Vanguard reports that the House leader, Faruk Musa Dosara, while presenting the bill, urged his colleagues to consider its revocation as a matter of urgency.
According to him, the jumbo pay to these former political office holders comes at the detriment of pensioners who have served the state for many years and had not been paid their entitlements.
Dosara argued that the former governors, deputies, speakers and others milked Zamfara of over N700 million annually despite the state's weak economy.
Seconded by his colleague, Tukur Jekada Birnin Tudu, it was subjected to contributions from the lawmakers after which the speaker, Nasiru Mu’azu Magarya, asked that the bill should be made to scale through first and second readings.
The lawmakers went into the committee of the whole House for the bill to scale through the third reading and was assented to.
The House then went for a committee of whole meeting, after which the bill went for a third reading.
Legit.ng had reported how Yari had earlier asked the Matawalle to pay his outstanding allowance and pension without further delay.
In a letter dated October 17, and addressed to the governor, Yari said he was entitled to N10 million monthly as upkeep allowance but added that he has only been paid twice since he left office.
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