Kwara State Governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has said he will send a bill to the State House of Assembly next week requesting the lawmakers to immediately repeal the law awarding pension packages to former governors and their deputies.
This is coming less than a week when the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu came up with such idea.
AbdulRazaq noted that he would rather commit scarce public funds to tackle poverty and youth unemployment in the state.
He, however, said the House could exercise its discretion in calling for public hearing on the matter.
He said this in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, on Friday.
The governor said he would Initiate a bill next week to the State House of Assembly that would repudiate the law making former governors and their deputies entitled to be paid pension.
Recall that the Kwara State House of Assembly passed a bill to pay pensions to governors and their deputies in 2011.
The statement read partly, “Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq will next week send a bill to the State House of Assembly requesting the lawmakers to immediately repeal the law awarding pension packages to former governors and former deputy governors.
“The Governor has listened to voices of the majority of the citizens opposing the pension law for former governors and deputy governors. In line with his campaign mantra and as a product of democracy himself, he will be sending a bill to the House of Assembly next week requesting them to repeal the law.
“As representatives of the people, the lawmakers would exercise their discretion to call a public hearing on the topic to further harvest wider opinions on the topic.
“However, the Governor feels it is time for the law as it is to give way. He would rather commit scarce public funds to tackle the question of poverty and youth unemployment.”