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Zamfara Assembly Abolishes Law Granting Former Governors, Others Pension




The Zamfara State Assembly has repealed the law that approves payment of pension and other entitlements to former governors, deputy governors, and other political office holders in the State.

The Zamfara took the decision on Tuesday following a bill laid on the floor on the legislative chamber in Gusau, the state capital.

House Leader Faruk Dosara (PDP Maradun I), who presented the bill, charged other lawmakers to consider the total repeal of the law.

He disclosed that the law exorbitant pay for the former political leaders of the state at the detriment of the retired civil servants who have not been paid their entitlements over the years.

According to him, this category of past leaders were receiving over N700 million naira annually at a time when the state’s economy cannot accommodate such.

Tukur Tudu (PDP Bakura), while seconding the motion, explained that the abolition of the law was highly necessary as was detrimental to the socio-economic well-being of the people.

After deliberations and contributions by members, the Speaker, Nasiru Magarya, ordered the Clerk of the House to give the bill first and second reading.

The House, thereafter, went for a committee of a whole which led to the third reading of the bill.

The bill scaled through the third reading while members passed it and resolved that it should be sent to the state governor, Bello Matawalle, for his assent.

In a statement to newsmen on Tuesday, the Zamfara State Assembly noted that all past political leaders in the state would no longer enjoy any entitlement unless those prescribed by the National Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission.

George Oshogwe Ogbolu is a Digital Media Strategist | Content Writer | Journalist | New Media Influencer | Proofreader and Editor at Naija News.