8th Assembly didn’t repeal State Pension law on Governors, Deputies – Lawmaker

 Yusuf Bakare

Hon Saheed Popoola who was a member of the 8th Assembly had on Tuesday explained that the House in the 8th Assembly did not actually repeal the Pension Law as affecting former Governors and their Deputies in the state.

While shedding some light on the controversial pension law Popoola asserted that Governor Abdul Rahman Abdulrazaq was right in submitting that the pension law was never repealed but rather amended.

He expressed the readiness of the 9th legislative session to speedily consider the bill seeking abrogation of the law immediately as soon as it is forwarded to the house by the Governor.

Our correspondent  who monitored the lawmaker while featuring on a programme tagged ‘Ifokanbale Kwara’ on a National Radio FM, Idofian asserted that the pension law was never revoked but only amended by the eighth assembly.

The lawmaker added that was it not that the governor had many things competing for his attention; he would have been the first governor in Nigeria to repeal the pension law.

“The first governor to repeal pension law was Governor  Bello Mutawalle of Zamfara state and he did it to spite his predecessors but here in Kwara, it was one of the campaign promises of  Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq and I reminded him in August .

 “I was a member of the eighth assembly, we didn’t repeal the pension law what we did was that we amended it and   clarified that any governor who do not spend more than one term will not be entitled to the pension package but now what will be done is   total abolishment and we will pass the bill possibly the very day we receive it.  There is no money and we can’t allow talks about building house for someone in Abuja or Lagos during a period like this”,  he said.

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq  had on penultimate Friday disclosed  that he will be sending  a bill to the state House of Assembly requesting the lawmakers to immediately repeal the law awarding pension packages to former governors and former deputy governors.

“The Governor has listened to voices of the majority of the citizens opposing the pension law for former governors and the deputy governors. In line with his campaign mantra and as a product of democracy himself, he will be sending a bill to the House of Assembly next week requesting them to repeal the law’  his Chief Press Secretary, Mr.  Rafiu Ajakaye had submitted in a statement made available to journalists .

Abdulganiyu Abdulqadir, who was Press Officer on Local Matters to former Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki‘s  had submitted on that there was no law to be repealed as such had already been done.

 “It would be recalled that in February 2018, the Kwara State House of Assembly revised the law and abolished payment of the pension, a move that was publicly hailed by then Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.”

“Since the review of the law in 2018, Saraki has stopped receiving any pension from the state government citing that there are verifiable facts in possession of the Kwara State Government, if there is any contrary information to this, we urge the incumbent governor to inform the public.”

It is now worrisome and an embarrassment to all Kwarans that a law that has since been repealed in the state is the same law Governor Abdulrahman is claiming that he intends to abolish’ he had submitted.

Saheed Popoola also lamented that things have really  gone bad in the country  urging the  those at the corridors of power to inform President Muhammadu Buhari about the true picture of things.

 He lamented the situation in which Nigeria is said to be borrowing 1.6 billion dollars from Brazil which is not in any way more developed than our country. “Things have really gone worse, we don’t know what we are doing, we are not doing well at all .   When you hear news about Nigeria, you will cry”. he lamented

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