Kwara lawmakers stop pensions to former governors, deputies

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

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The Kwara State House of Assembly has  passed the amendment bill reviewing the  payment of pensions to former Governors and Deputy Governors in the state.

The bill, forwarded to the House by the State Governor, AbdulFatah Ahmed, sought to review the existing law where payment of pensions would be suspended for erstwhile Governors and Deputy Governors holding political or public offices after their tenures.

The passage of the amendment bill followed the consideration of the report of the House Committee on Establishment and Public Service, on the public hearing on the legislative framework at the Committee of the House.

Stakeholders at the public hearing on the amendment bill unanimously voted that payment of pensions to former Governors and Deputy Governors be halted if such persons were still holding political or public offices.

The amendment bill was passed after a clause by clause consideration during the Committee of the House.

The motion for the third reading and passage of the bill was moved by the Deputy House Leader, Segilola Abdulkadir.

The Deputy Speaker, Chief Matthew Okedare, who presided over the plenary, directed the Clerk of the House, Alhaji Mohammed Katsina, to prepare a clean copy of the bill for the Governor’s assent.