Zamfara Assembly abolishes law authorising jumbo pay for ex-governors, others

Yusuf Bello| The Zamfara House of Assembly has abolished a law that allowed the payment of pension and other allowances for state’s former governors and their deputies.

In a statement on Tuesday, Mustapha Jafaru, the spokesperson for the assembly, said the ‘abolished’ law also affects ex-speakers of the house of assembly and their deputies.

The decision by the assembly is coming days after a former governor, Abdul’aziz Yari, protested against the non-release of his N10 million ‘monthly upkeep’.

Following the controversy generated by the request, the state’s house of assembly on Tuesday abolished the law authorising the payment of pensions to these categories of former officials, according to the statement.

The house leader, Faruk Dosara, (PDP Maradun), who presented the bill, urged his colleagues to consider the ‘complete repeal’ of the law “which provides the jamboree payment for the former political leaders of the state at the detriment of the retired civil servants who have not been paid their entitlements over the years.”

According to him, these categories of past leaders are collecting over N700 million annually which he said the present economy cannot accommodate.

The bill was Seconded by Tukur Birnin-Tudu, PDP member representing Bakura local government who described the move as necessary.

Following expedited deliberations as pushed by the speaker, Nasiru Magarya, the bill passed both first and second readings.

Later, the house went for a committee of the whole after which the bill went for a third reading.

The bill will now be sent to the governor for his assent.

“With this development, all past political leaders in Zamfara will longer enjoy any entitlements unless those prescribed by the national revenue mobilisation allocation and fiscal commission,” the statement concluded.

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