The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has denied ever receiving pensions as the former governor of Rivers state.
Speaking earlier today via his twitter handle, Amaechi said he has never requested for or collected one kobo as pension from the Rivers State Government.
Here is his tweets below.
I have never requested for or collected one kobo as pension from R/State Govt. If offered, I will politely decline & request that the money should be given to Rivers State pensioners. I do not believe that I should receive pension as ex-gov of R/State while serving as a minister https://t.co/dDfbQMdcRi
— Chibuike.R. Amaechi (@ChibuikeAmaechi) December 5, 2019
Naija News had reported on Wednesday that a Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos asked the federal government to recover pensions and allowances received by former and serving senators as ex-governors.
The judgment followed a suit by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) against the government in 2017.
The group sued the government over its “failure to stop former governors from receiving double pay and life pensions”.
The court ordered the Attorney General of the Federation to take immediate legal action towards the abolishment of state laws permitting such pension arrangements.
SERAP wrote on Twitter.
SERAP, however, named Amaechi amongst other former governors affected which include: Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano); Kabiru Gaya (Kano); Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom); Theodore Orji (Abia); Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa); Sam Egwu (Ebonyi); Shaaba Lafiagi (Kwara); Joshua Dariye (Plateau), Jonah Jang (Plateau); Ahmed Sani Yerima (Zamfara); Danjuma Goje (Gombe); Bukar Abba Ibrahim (Yobe); Adamu Aliero (Kebbi); George Akume (Benue).