The Kwara state house of Assembly passed an amendment bill halting payment of pension to former governors and deputy governors after their time in office. A bill seeking to allow for the suspension of payment of pension to former governors and deputy governors during any period they hold political or public office has been passed into law by the Kwara State House of Assembly.
The passage of the bill into law was preceded by consideration of a report by the House earlier presented by the Chairman House Committee on Establishment and Public Service, Emmanuel Abodunrin.
The Deputy Speaker, Matthew Okedare, who presided over Wednesday’s sitting, praised members for ensuring prompt passage of the bill, sponsored by a member representing Omupo Constituency, Mashood Bakare, and directed the Clerk of the House, Ahmed Mohammed, to prepare a clean copy for the governor’s assent.
Under the amended law, former governors or deputies will cease to enjoy pension any period they hold a political or public office.
However, the law will not be applicable where the person holds a political or public office but does not receive any remuneration on account of holding such office.
Meanwhile, the House has called on the State Ministry of Environment and Forestry to be alive to its responsibility through prompt clearing of refuse and drainages in the state capital to ensure healthy environment.
This followed a Matter of General Public Importance, raised by a member representing Omupo Constituency, Mashood Bakare.
The legislature equally in its Tuesday’s sitting mandated its Committee on Land and Housing, to wade into an attempt to construct shops at the bank of Asa River along Obbo – road raised by a member representing Oke Ogun Constituency, Kamal Fagbemi.
The bill, which was forwarded to the house by AbdulFatah Ahmed, the governor, sought to review the existing law where payment of pension for former governors and deputy governors after their tenures would be suspended.