Kwara Governor Moves To Stop Pensions For Saraki, Others

Kwara state governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq says he plans to approach the state House of Assembly to repeal the law granting pensions to former governors and their deputies in the state, Igbere TV reports.

The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had made similar moves earlier in the week by presenting the 2021 budget of 1,155 trillion naira.

In a statement on Friday by the governor’s press secretary Rafiu Ajakaye, Abdulrazaq said he would send a bill to the assembly next week, requesting lawmakers to repeal the law immediately.

The decision, according to the statement obtained by IGBERE TV, was in line with the governor’s campaign mantra and proves that he was recognized as a product of democracy.

“The governor has heard the voices of the majority of citizens who oppose the pension law for former governors and lieutenant governors.

“As representatives of the people, legislators would exercise their discretion to convene a public hearing on the issue to garner more broader opinions on the issue,” the statement read.

“However, the governor believes that it is time for the law to give way. I would prefer that the state commit scarce public funds to address the issue of poverty and youth unemployment, “added Ajakaye.