Imo State Govt Ends Payment Of Pensions To Ex-governors And Speakers:
Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has brought to an end the pensions and gratuties that accrued to former governors, deputy governors, speakers and deputy speakers in Imo. An executive bill sponsored to that effect got the governor’s assent on Friday, May 22. The governor cited the need to save cost for the state and channel money to other more important programs as one of the reasons he signed the dotted lines on the bill. (Kizito Duru)
Imo state Governor has signed to a bill abolishing the law that created pension allowances and gratuities for Ex-governors, deputy governors, assembly speakers and their deputies.
During the remarkable event of assenting in Owerri Friday 22 April, 2020, governor Uzodinma stated that the “erstwhile law” – (Punch Online News) is not in line with the 1999 constitution as amended.
The Governor imagine a condition where the beneficiaries of such pensions are serving also as Senators and house of Representatives members.
The Governor said, “Apart from the inconsistency of such a law to the provisions of the ground norm, which is the Constitution of 1999 (as amended), this has led for a very long time a precedence that does not encourage diligence and prudence in service delivery.”
He also appreciated the state house of assembly for support and making the event a huge success.
The source stressed that the “house of assembly presented two bills for the governor’s assent: the Bill on Imo State University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and Bill on the Repeal of Pensions and Gratuity”
“Bill on Pensions and Gratuity had long been repealed in many states of the federation when it was discovered to run contrary to the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
Meanwhile, the event recognized the attendance of the Deputy Governor Prof. Placid Njoku; the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Amara Iwuanyanwu; the Majority Leader, Uche Ogbuagu and other members of the House, and also some members of the State’s Expanded Executive Council.
Image: Hope Uzodinma’s File Photo