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‘To Reduce Outrageous Governance Cost’ — Abia Assembly Abolishes Pension For Ex-Governors, Deputies

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The Abia State House of Assembly has declared null and void the law that allows former Governors of the State and their Deputies to recieve pensions.

Orji Kalu, current Senator representing Abia North and former Governor of the State, who served from 1999 to 2007, signed the “Abia State Governors & Deputy Governors Pensions Law No 4 of 2001.”

The law stipulated that the former Governors and Deputies are entitled to 100 percent of the annual basic salaries of the incumbent governor and deputy; their cooks, stewards, drivers, and gardeners are to be paid by the State; and are entitled to three police officers and two operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

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The former Governors are also entitled to two vehicles worth N20 million each every four years.

However, at plenary on Tuesday, the lawmakers passed a bill to abolish the pensions law.

The bill, sponsored by Okoro Uchenna Kalu, the lawmaker representing the Arochukwu state constituency, is designed to “ensure that the outrageous cost of governance is reduced to channel Abia State resources towards the development of the State.”

The bill is expected to be transmitted to Alex Otti, Abia Governor, for assent.

The implication is that all former governors of the state and their deputies, including Kalu, Theodore Orji, and Okezie Ikpeazu, will stop getting pension entitlements.


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