PPA opposes N200m pension for ex-governors, deputies
The Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) in Edo State, yesterday, called on Governor Godwin Obaseki to withhold his assent to the recent amended pension bill by the State House of Assembly, which approved N200 and N100 million for houses for former Governor Adams Oshiomhole and his deputy, Pius Odubu, respectively.
In a statement by its state chairman, Dave Esokpunwu, and Secretary, Jide Ibrahim, the party called on former governor Oshiomhole and other beneficiaries of the bill to outrightly kick against the package by rejecting it.
The PPA also called on Edo people and groups to continuously demand for the repeal of the bill in the interest of all and sundry in the state. It added that the sumptuous packages being offered ex-governors and their deputies apparently disregard the present revenue base of the state and the current recession in the country.
PPA, however, lamented that the entire amendment is targeted at upgrading the living standard and boosting the ostentatious life style of the privilege individuals when pensioners and other state workers are starving to death due to non-payment of gratuity and pension as well as salaries and allowances.
“While we respect the choice (Obaseki) you have made during the poll, we intend to engage in constructive criticism of the action and inaction of government aimed at ensuring good governance in the state,” the party said.