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‘Pension for ex-govs, deputies will crash Kwara economy’

Chairman of Kwara State House of Assembly Service Commission, Mr. Femi Yusuf, has said that the state cannot sustain payment of pensions and other attractive packages to former governors and their deputies.

Chairman of Kwara State House of Assembly Service Commission, Mr. Femi Yusuf, has said that the state cannot sustain payment of pensions and other attractive packages to former governors and their deputies.

While speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin, yesterday, the chairman warned that the state might go bankrupt if funds were continuously set aside to pay former governors and their deputies, given the meagre resources available to government.

He questioned the rationale behind the provision of pension for former governors at a time the former administration could not pay the salaries of its workers.

According to him, repealing the pension law is imperative because of the current economic reality.

The bill seeking to repeal the pension law for former governors transmitted by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to the assembly has scaled second reading. The law provides that governors and their deputies, who served eight years, be given pension and other be
nefits.

Yusuf also dismissed claims that the bill to abrogate the law was based on vendetta, saying “a reasonable Kwara indigene will not see that move as vindictive because what the governor is doing is to take us back to where we were.

“If you consider the economic situation of Kwara before this government came on board, nobody will advise the state government to be paying that lump sum.”

He wondered why an individual would be collecting almost N100 million with other benefits when civil servants were not paid their full salaries.

Repealing of the pension law, he added, is long overdue; hence it was one of the cardinal issues raised by the governor during his campaign in 2019.

“It is better you offend one person than to offend the whole of Kwara. We are about 2.5 million people.

“So, when we have one or two people collecting that huge amount of money at the expense of others, let them call the government’s move whatever they want to call it.