Uzodinma Stops Pensions, Gratuities To Former Governors, Speakers, Deputies


Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has assented to a bill repealing the law that created pension allowances and gratuities for former governors, deputy governors, assembly speakers and deputy speakers.

The governor while signing the bill pointed out that the 1999 constitution stipulates that a pensioner must have worked for at least 10 years and must be up to 45 years whereas many of the ex-governors, deputies, speakers only end up serving eight years in office.

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He also expressed dissatisfaction over the fact that some of the beneficiaries of such payments also get a huge amount of money as salaries and allowances in other positions they occupied, such as serving as senators or members of the House of Representatives.

He 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 very long time precedence that does not encourage diligence and prudence in service delivery.”

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