Punch gathered that the Public Office Holder (Payment of Pension) Law No 11 official Gazette of Lagos State, 2007 states that former governors of Lagos State are entitled to a house in Lagos and Abuja in any location of their choice. However the law further added that any governor who does not serve for two consecutive terms, will only be entitled to a house in Lagos.
Section 2 states, “One residential house each for the governor and the deputy governor at any location of their choice in Lagos State and one residential house in the Federal Capital Territory for the governor on two consecutive terms.”
Ambode who will not be returning to the Alausa Governor’s Office on May 29, 2019, following his loss to Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the All Progressives Congress governorship primary in October, will become the first Lagos Governor not to get a house in Abuja.
A quick check revealed that no actual figure was placed on amount to spent in building houses for Governors, however it was learnt building houses for former governors of Lagos costs between N500m and N1bn. It was also gathered that a house was bought for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in Ikoyi and the Asokoro area of Abuja next to the Lagos State Governor’s Lodge.
The construction of a “section” of the house of the immediate past Deputy Governor, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, on 15 Cameron Drive, Ikoyi, costs the state N329,929,551, according to the Lagos State budget of 2014.
Though losing out on the Abuja mansion, Ambode will however be entitled to a house in any location in Lagos State, six brand new cars every three years, 100 per cent of the basic salary of the serving governor, (N7.7m per annum) free health care for himself and members of his family, furniture allowance, which is 300 per cent of their annual basic salary (N23.3m); house maintenance allowance, which is 10 per cent of basic salary (N778, 296); utility allowance, which is 20 per cent of the salary (N1.5m) and car maintenance allowance, which is 30 per cent of the annual basic salary (N2.3m).
Other benefits include entertainment allowance, which is 10 per cent of the basic salary (N778,296) and a personal assistant, who will earn 25 per cent of the governor’s annual basic salary (N1.9m). The former Governor is also entitled to domestic workers comprising a cook, a steward, a gardener and others whose appointments are pensionable, eight policemen and two officials of the Department of State Services for life, according to the Lagos law.
The current Lagos Governor would have missed out on all these, if he removed from office by the Lagos State House of Assembly.