Imo Assembly passes law stopping ex-governors, speakers’ entitlements

Imo Assembly passes law stopping ex-governors, speakers’ entitlements

- Imo House of Assembly has repealed ex-govs, speakers’ pension act of 2007

- The law was passed on Thursday, May 21, by the House

- The bill would strip ex-governors, deputies, ex-speakers who had served the state of all pensions and privileges

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The Imo state House of Assembly has passed into law a bill that would stop past governors and speakers from receiving their pensions and other privileges.

The Sun reports that the executive bill was presented on Thursday, May 21, by the majority leader of the House, Uche Ogbuagu, and given accelerated hearing.

Legit.ng gathered that Imo state House of Assembly repealed the 2007 pension act which effectively stripped ex-governors, their deputies, and ex-speakers of their pensions and privileges.

The executive bill is entitled, “A bill for a law to repeal the Imo state governors and speakers pension and privileges law No 5 of 2007 (as amended).”

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Leading the debate at the plenary, the chief sponsor, Ogbuagu, noted that if the bill is signed into law it would be a strip of all pensions and privileges of ex-governors, deputies, ex-speakers and speakers who had served the state.

Imo Assembly passes law stopping ex-governors, speakers’ entitlements

Imo state House Assembly. Credit: The Sun
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He argued that the law on its establishment had no constitutional backing, pointing that to continue with the same law would constitute a huge drain on the finances of the state.

Ogbuagu said the law has made it mandatory that every three years, all the past governors’ would have their vehicles renewed at the detriment of the state.

Other lawmakers who spoke on the bill agreed with the sponsor that it had become imperative to do away with pensions of ex-governors, speakers to free funds for other developmental projects for the benefits of the people of the state.

The legislators commended Governor Hope Uzodimma for his love for the state by agreeing to strip himself of all his entitlements and those of others.

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The speaker, Chiji Collins, who presided at the plenary said they were going to make whatever sacrifice that was required for the progress of the state.

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However, after debate and with the commitment of the committee of the whole House, the bill was promptly passed into law and now awaits the consent of the governor.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the immediate past governor of the state, Emeka Ihedioha, asked the Imo state high court to stop the state House of Assembly from investigating him.

It was reported that Ihedioha asked the court to restrain the lawmakers from probing him over alleged missing N19.63 billion.

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