- Other state legislators have been urged by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) to emulate Zamfara lawmakers who repealed the law on jumbo pay to ex-governors
- According to CISLAC, the Zamfara House of Assembly deserves commendation for repealing the law it describes as 'obnoxious'
- The group also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to work towards reducing the cost of governance and poverty in the country
The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) says members of the Zamfara House of Assembly deserves to be celebrated for repealing what it described as an obnoxious law that grants jumbo pay to former governors and others in the state.
CISLAC described the repealed law as obnoxious just as it urged other states in Nigeria follow to suit if they truly mean to uphold prudence, accountability and openness in governance.
Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani), executive director of CISLAC, in a statement to Legit.ng, said the Zamfara lawmakers had proven to Nigerians that they are truly ready to work for the people and development of the state.
The group expressed worry that despite the economic challenge bedevilling many states of the country as a result of the high cost of governance, some are still working to legalise greedy packages to public officers.
It said the law emerged from the greedy need by some politicians to siphon public funds despite the numerous jumbo salaries, allowances, benefits, and public paid expenses enjoyed by the governors, their deputies, former speakers and their deputies throughout and after their tenures.
Rafsanjani further noted that some states even built private houses as retirement packages for governors and others as well as those currently enjoying double payments as senators.
“We are also worried that the increasing clamours for life-time pension and benefits accrued to public office holders across the states constitute major sabotage to effective and efficient governance, hence exacerbating electoral violence and discredited the electoral process,” the group said.
It urged Nigerians to learn from countries where democracy works and where public office holders are stopped from enjoying further benefits after their tenures.
“We call on President Muhammad Buhari to take an appreciable and drastic step to reduce the growing cost of governance in the country to allow adequate resource allocation to finance critical sector and eradicate poverty at all levels,” it said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Bello Muhammad Matawalle, on Wednesday, November 27, signed the bill repealing the law that encourages jumbo pay to former governors and other past officeholders in the state.
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