Economic Hardship: Abia Assembly Cuts Pension for Ex-Governors, Deputies To Fund Development

Economic Hardship: Abia Assembly Cuts Pension for Ex-Governors, Deputies To Fund Development

  • The Abia State House of Assembly has passed a bill to stop the tradition of providing pensions to former and deputy governors
  • Pending the governor's approval, the bill will be named the "Abia State Governors and Deputy Governor's (Repeal) Law 2024"
  • The Speaker highlighted that the bill will be enforced from Tuesday, March 19, 2024 journalist Segun Adeyemi has over 9 years of experience covering political events, civil societies, courts, and metro

Umuahia, Abia - The Abia State House of Assembly approved a bill to end the practice of paying pensions to former governors and their deputies in the state.

The bill is titled "A Bill (H.A.B 11:) for a Law to Revoke The Abia State Governors and Deputy Governors Pensions Law No 4 of 2001 and for other Matters connected therewith."

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The lawmakers got the assent of the governor after passing the bill
With the new bill, ex-governors and their deputies would no longer enjoy pension benefits. Photo Credit: Alex Otti
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Mr Uchanna Okoro, the Majority Leader and representative of Arochukwu State Constituency, put forward the bill on Tuesday, March 19.

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Hon. Emmanuel Emeruwa, the Speaker, declared that the bill had successfully passed through various stages of scrutiny, including first and second readings, consideration at the committee level, and third reading during the day's session.

In his address, Emeruwa congratulated the members on their efforts and highlighted that the bill aimed to curtail the state's administrative costs and channel resources towards developmental projects.

Governor Otti assent to parliament's bill

He further noted that upon the governor's consent, the bill would be officially titled the "Abia State Governors and Deputy Governor's (Repeal) Law 2024."

Additionally, the Speaker emphasised that the bill would come into effect immediately starting Tuesday, March 19, 2024.

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According to the News Agency of Nigeria, as reported by Punch, ex-governors and their deputies will no longer receive pension benefits once they leave office.

Controversy has surrounded the lavish lifestyles and perks these officials enjoy, prompting some states to consider repealing the law while others have been indifferent.

Economic Hardship: Abia govt approves N35,000 wage award for workers

Meanwhile, Abia state governor Alex Otti has expressed his stance regarding the N35,000 wage increase sanctioned by the federal government.

During a meeting with Labour officials, Otti revealed his administration's intention to potentially adopt the wage hike for Abia workers.

He emphasised that this move aligns with his government's commitment to alleviate the economic strain caused by the prevailing hardships, which he attributes to Tinubu's economic policies.


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