- Niger state government has denied claims that it is owing pension to past governors and other former political leaders
- The state's pension board said that Niger pays only severance packages once and not regular pension
- The head of the pensions board, Usman Tinau Mohammed, said that the payment of the packages is backed by the existing state laws
The director-general of the Niger state pension board, Alhaji Usman Tinau Mohammed, has said that the state government does not pay former political leaders pension.
Mohammed on Tuesday, December 3, said that past governors and their deputies in the state only get severance packages in line with the Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Commission's regulations.
Speaking in Minna, he said: “Beneficiaries of severance allowance are political heads at state and local government levels which also includes former governors and their deputies, local government chairmen and their vice and state legislators and counselors.”
Mohammed said that the payment of the packages which is done once is backed by existing state laws that past leaders should be given special grants and severance allowances.
He said that this clarification was necessitated by reports that Niger has been included in the list of states that are yet to pay pension to former governors.
The state's pension board boss said: “To the best of my knowledge there is no state law, past or present that awards a regular pension to be paid to former Niger state governors as pension. The gospel truth is that the state does not pay a dime to our former governors as pension.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had hailed the Zamfara state government for repealing the law which granted the payment of bogus allowances to former political leaders in the state.
The Zamfara APC vice chairman in the central senatorial district, Alhaji Sani Gwamna, said monies saved from repealing the pension law should be judiciously used to accelerate development projects in the state.
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