Kano may consider ex-lawmakers for pension benefit
Former legislators in Kano may be included among beneficiaries of the state pension scheme, essentially to rehabilitate those in deplorable condition.
Although, the Kano State House of Assembly recently constituted an ad-hoc committee to commence the process of amending the state laws that provided pension and gratuity to former governors and deputy governors, a development the house unanimously view as an unnecessary act, amounting to wastage of scarce resources.
The amendment process of the said laws followed a motion of urgent public importance raised by Alhaji Labaran Madari (APC), a member representing Warawa constituency,
Speaking with journalists in Kano yesterday, the Speaker of Kano state House of Assembly, Abdullahi Yusuf Atta, said the need to include former legislators in the pension scheme is pertinent because many of them end up financially incapacitated since many of them were not gainfully employed.
Even though, the motion raised by Madari was in contrast to the speaker’s intention, Atta reminded that amending the pension for former governors and former deputy governors was imperative considering the fact that most of them are gainfully engaged after their tenure.
According to the speaker: “Honestly you would be so surprised when you see some of our colleagues that have served as lawmakers living in a bad conditions. So when they are included, even if it is N20, 000 or N30, 000, it will go a long way to support them. But the benefit will not apply to serving members. I will not be entitled to benefit until I am out of the house.”
The speaker posited that, though the committee entrusted with the responsibility has concluded their work, he was optimistic that the benefits of former lawmakers will be extensively discussed before incorporation.
The ad-hoc committee under the chairmanship of the Chief whip, Alhaji Kabiru Hassan-Dashi, was initially entrusted to reduce unnecessary spending of public funds through payments to former governors and deputy governors who are also holding political offices after their tenures.
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