… Says Essence Is To Keep The Costs Of Governance Low
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu today made known plans to abolish the Public Office Holder (Payment of Pension Law 2007) that provides for payment of pension and other entitlements to former governors and their deputies.
Sanwo-Olu,who disclosed this while presenting the 2021 budget to the Lagos State House of Assembly, stated that the bill to repeal the Payment of Pension Law 2007 would be sent to the State Assembly for legislative approval.
He stated that repealing the law for former governors and their deputies would ill reduce the cost of governance.
“Mr. Speaker and Honourable Members of the House, in light of keeping the costs of governance low and to signal selflessness in public service, we will be sending a draft executive bill to the House imminently for the repeal of the Public Office Holder (Payment of Pension Law 2007), which provides for payment of pension and other entitlements to former Governors and their Deputies.”
The Lagos House of Assembly had passed a pension bill for erstwhile governors and their deputies.
Under the 2007 Law, the governor is entitled to N30 million pension annually, a house in Lagos and Abuja, six brand new cars every three years, medical allowances in any part of the world and other allowances.
Recalled that a Federal High Court had stopped such payment across the states.
The decision of the Federal High Court in Lagos directing the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to review pension laws of various states was sequel to a suit filed by SERAP.
Also, recalled in response to the court’s ruling on the controversial law, the House of Assembly in Zamfara had on November 26,2019 repealed the state’s pension law.
The development came days after a former governor, Abdul’aziz Yari, in a leaked letter to the state government, requested his N10 million ‘monthly upkeep’, which he said had not been paid for some months.
On Friday, May 22,2020, Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State signed a bill repealing the law that created pension allowances and gratuities for former governors, deputy governors, assembly speakers and deputy speakers.
Uzodinma while signing the bill into law in Owerri, had stated that the repealed law runs contrary to the 1999 Constitution as amended, which stipulates that a pensioner must have worked for at least 10 years and must be up to 45 years of age.