Bill to repeal pension Act for ex-Kwara governors passes second reading at assembly

Kwara State House of Assembly

A bill seeking to repeal the Kwara state pension law for former governors and lieutenant governors passed the Kwara House of Assembly on a second reading on Thursday.

The bill is an executive bill sent to the House by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq during the House plenary on Tuesday.

The motion for the presentation of a report on the bill and the second reading of the same that was promoted by the leader of the House, Abubakar Olawoyin-Magaji, had the support of all the members in the plenary.

The bill passed on second reading after intense debate by some members.

Leading the debate on the bill, the House leader said that the law enacted in December 2010 provided for the payment of pensions to former governors and deputy governors as specified by the Tax and Revenue Mobilization Allocation Commission.

He pointed out that under the law, former governors and deputy governors had accommodation, transportation, domestic staff, security, entertainment, among others.

The House leader described repealing the law as the best thing that can happen to the state.

Other legislators who contributed during the debate on the bill spoke similarly and called for urgent approval of the bill.

The president, Mr. Yakubu Danladi, sent the bill to the House Establishment and Training Committee to work on and report back to the House in due time.

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