-Babatunde Fashola, Chris Ngige, and Kayode Fayemi, former governors of Lagos, Anambra and Ekiti states respectively have denied claims they are still receiving pensions from their state goverments while also receiving emoluments as serving ministers.
-They also challenged proper investigations before news reporting.
Babatunde Fashola, Chris Ngige, and Kayode Fayemi, former governors of Lagos, Anambra and Ekiti states respectively have denied claims they are still receiving pensions from their state goverments while also receiving emoluments as serving ministers.
This follows the declaration by Senate President, Bukola Saraki that he will stop receiving pension from the Kwara state government.
Fashola, a former governor of Lagos State, said he did not receive any pension from Lagos State.
Speaking through his Special Adviser on Communications, Mr. Hakeem Bello, the minister recently made it clear that he had no reason to ask the Lagos State Government to stop paying him a pension when from the outset he never accepted it.
Bello said, “The minister spoke on Hard Copy, a programme on Channels TV on Friday. In that programme, he said you don’t ask them (Lagos State Government) to stop what you never accepted in the first place.
“This your question was one of the questions they asked him during that TV programme and what I told you was his response.”
Former Anambra state governor, Chris Ngige also denied receiving double emoluments from the federal and state governments.
Ngige had made a similar denial last year following a public outcry against public office holders receiving double emolument as former governors and as serving senators.
Ngige denied drawing double emoluments from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federal Government or the Anambra State Government since he was elected and appointed at various times into public offices contrary to media reports.
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Ngige made it clear that apart from two utility vehicles that were given to him some years ago, he had not accessed any amount or privileges, not even his severance package as a former governor of Anambra State.
Ngige, who made the comment in a statement on Tuesday, said that he had not received the severance benefits approved for former governors and their deputies by the state assembly.
He said, “I wish to put it on record that since I left office in 2006 as governor of Anambra State; throughout the four years I spent in the 7th Senate (June 2011-2015) and currently as the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment with effect from November 11, 2015, I have never drawn a dime even in the intervening period that I was not in public office, as salary, emolument and pension from the Anambra State Government’s coffers.
“In fact, I have not received any severance benefit as prescribed in the Anambra State House of Assembly law on pensions and other welfare and benefits for former governors and deputy governors, 2006, and amended 2013. Aside the two utility vehicles given to me some years ago, I have not accessed any of the privileges and other lawful trappings due to the office.
“It is worth stating for the avoidance of any doubt that the Supreme Court affirmed that I was entitled to these benefits in their landmark judgment in Mike Balonwu and others Vs Anambra State Government, which declared me governor, de facto and de jure between 2003 and 2006.”
Also, Fayemi said he had not even received his severance package from the Ekiti State Government as approved by the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission since leaving office in 2014.
In a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, Fayemi, who currently serves as the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, said he had not received any kobo as pension.
Fayemi had challenged SERAP to apologise to him for including his name among former governors receiving double remuneration or face legal action.
Source: Naija News