Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly urged to initiate legislation stopping pension for former governors

Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has been urged to emulate the Kwara State legislature to initiate legislation aimed at immediate stoppage of payment of pension to former governors and deputy governors after their tenures as an austerity measure to save the state from frivolous and unnecessary expenses.

A civil rights lawyer, Barrister Clifford Thomas who made the call in a chat with PLANET NEWS, said if the current Akwa Ibom State legislature could take such decision, it would go a long way in portraying it as truly people’s Assembly.

While lauding the speedy consideration and passage of the amendment bill by the Kwara State legislature, Barrister Thomas told our correspondent that the decision was a good precedent for other states to take a cue if they must yield to the yearnings of the masses.

It would be recalled that the Kwara State House of Assembly in February this year passed an amendment bill halting payment of pension to former governors, deputy governors, and other officers holding political offices after their tenure in office.

The passage of the bill followed the consideration of the report of the House Committee on Establishment and Public Service at the Committee of the Whole House sitting in Ilorin.

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