- Governor Matawalle of Zamfara state has signed the bill repealing the jumbo allowance for former governors in the state into law
- Matawalle’s action comes shortly after the immediate past governor of the state, Abdulaziz Yari, asked for the payment of his outstanding allowance which is reportedly N10 million monthly
- The governor said his predecessor will now be collecting the exact amount he was collecting as his monthly salary while he was a governor, which would continue as his pension for life
The jumbo annual payment allegedly to the tune of N700 million to former governors, deputies, ex-speakers, and others in Zamfara has been stopped.
This is as a result of the new bill signed into law by Zamfara state governor, Bello Muhammad Matawalle, on Wednesday, November 27, Daily Trust reports.
Speaking after signing the bill into law, Governor Matawalle promised to use the money that would have been paid to the former governors and others to address the problem of rising unemployment among youths in the state.
Recall that the immediate past governor of the state, Abdulaziz Yari, had earlier asked Matawalle pay his outstanding allowance and pension without further delay.
The monthly allowance according to a leaked letter being circulated on social media is N10 million.
Governor Matawalle said it was regrettable that though the state has a backlog of workers’ pensions to the tune of N10 billion, his predecessor is asking to be paid N120 million annually.
Having signed the bill repealing the jumbo allowance into law, Matawalle said Yari would now be collecting the exact amount he was collecting as his monthly salary while he was a governor, which would continue as his pension for life.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Zamfara state House of Assembly revoked the law that granted former governors in the state humongous monthly allowance and pension.
The House leader, Faruk Musa Dosara, while presenting the bill repealing the jumbo pay, urged his colleagues to consider its revocation as a matter of urgency.
According to him, the jumbo pay to 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.
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