- Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, said he won't scrap the pension package for former governors and their deputies
- Okowa's statement follows the announcement of the plan by Lagos state governor to abolish the pension package
- The Delta state governor said he is not thinking in that direction
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state has said he has no plans to repeal the pension and entitlements of former governors and deputies.
The Cable reported that the governor made this known on Wednesday, November 11, in Asaba, the state capital, adding that he is not thinking in that direction.
Okowa's statement has sparked reactions on social media.
Chuks Onuchukwu said:
"You must do the needful, now is the time to address this broad day rape on our common wealth by few opportunists.
"Who have done more harm to the state than good. Can someone tell me why the immediate past governor of Delta State should be entitled to these fabulous allowance and pecks of office as a former governor for impoverishing Delta, why can't he and his family lived in Delta State?"
Ijendu Iheaka commented:
"You have to do that. It is not what you want but what the people want. This is a Democracy."
Christian Emeka said:
"When you are part of the system,you wouldn't like to be a part of disengagement..."
Meanwhile, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had on Wednesday, November 10, announced his intention to abolish the pension package for former governors and their deputies.
The Lagos state governor said the move would cut the cost of governance.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the jumbo annual payment allegedly to the tune of N700 million to former governors, deputies, ex-speakers, and others in Zamfara had been stopped.
This was as a result of the bill signed into law by Zamfara state governor, Bello Muhammad Matawalle, on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.
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.
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