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Enugu Assembly Steps Down Life Pension Bill For Ex-Governors

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Enugu Assembly Steps Down Life Pension Bill For Ex-Governors

The Enugu State House of Assembly has dropped the life pension bill granting more benefits to former governors and deputy governors of the state.

The bill was stepped down after protesters stormed the assembly complex on Tuesday morning, asking the lawmakers to withdraw the proposed law.

Naija News reports that the executive bill provides more entitlements for former governors, their deputies and wives, other than what a life pension law in place offers.

Its provisions cover almost any possible major expenses an ex-governor can incur in his/her life, including 900 percent of a governor’s annual salary as allowances and N12 million for the wife yearly.

At the plenary session, Speaker of the House, Edward Ubosi, said the lawmakers will “thoroughly go through the bill to enable them to delete and add necessary sections to it.

Also speaking, majority leader, Ikechukwu Ezeugwu, said the assembly would be guided by the views of their constituents when reconsidering the bill.

Ezeugwu said the house of assembly will hold a public hearing on the bill to ensure all opinions are considered.

He also denied claims that the legislative arm is “a rubber stamp’’ of Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the state governor.

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows.

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