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Zamfara Assembly repeals law granting former governors, others Pension

The Zamfara State Assembly repealed the law approving the payment of pensions and other rights to former governors, vice governors and other political office holders in the state.

Zamfara made the decision on Tuesday after a bill presented on the floor of the legislative chamber in Gusau, the state capital.

The leader of the Chamber Faruk Dosara (PDP Maradun I), who presented the bill, accused other lawmakers of considering the total repeal of the law.

He revealed that the law pays exorbitantly to former state political leaders at the expense of retired officials who have not received their rights over the years.

According to him, this category of previous leaders has received over N700 million Naira each year at a time when the state’s economy is not able to satisfy them.

Tukur Tudu (PDP Bakura), while seconding the motion, explained that the abolition of the law was highly necessary as was detrimental to the socio-economic well-being of the people.

After deliberations and contributions by members, the Speaker, Nasiru Magarya, ordered the Clerk of the House to give the bill first and second reading.

The House, thereafter, went for a committee of a whole which led to the third reading of the bill.

The bill scaled through the third reading while members passed it and resolved that it should be sent to the state governor, Bello Matawalle, for his assent.

In a statement to newsmen on Tuesday, the Zamfara State Assembly noted that all past political leaders in the state would no longer enjoy any entitlement unless those prescribed by the National Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission.