Lagos Assembly rejects court ruling on governors' pension

Lagos Assembly rejects court ruling on governors' pension

- Lagos state assembly has faulted a Federal High Court decision on former governors' and public holders' pensions

- The court had ordered the FG to recover pensions collected by former governors now serving as ministers or lawmakers

- According to the state assembly, there is no law that restricted state assemblies from making laws for the provision of welfare package of former governors and public office holders

In reaction to the recent court judgement that mandated the federal government to recover pensions collected by former public holders, the Lagos state House of Assembly has declared that it would not repeal the state’s pension law.

Tunde Braimoh, chairman of the House committee on information and strategy, told journalists that the assembly would not go the way of the Zamfara Assembly which recently repealed pension law for its former governors.

Braimoh, who faulted the court ruling, said as long as the law did not contravene the constitution, state assemblies had the right to make laws for the benefit of the society in which they operate.

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Going further, he added that he was not aware of any law that restricted state assemblies from making laws for the provision of welfare package of former governors and public officeholders.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that it is now illegal for the former governors who are now elected senators or ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to collect pensions as ex-chief executive officers of their respective states.

A Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi area of Lagos asked the federal government to recover pensions and allowances received by former and serving senators as ex-governors.

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Legit.ng gathered that the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) disclosed the ”landmark judgement” in a tweet on Wednesday, December 3.

It would be recalled that the group had in 2017 sued the federal government over its “failure to stop former governors from receiving double pay and life pensions.”

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The group also sued the government for failing to seek the recovery of over “N40bn unduly received by the former governors” who are now serving senators and ministers.

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