Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, says plans are underway to abolish the payment of pension packages to former governors and their deputies in the north-central state.
The announcement comes three days after Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State informed members of the State House of Assembly about his administration’s effort to scrap pension packages for former governors and deputies in the state.
In a statement on Friday, AbdulRazaq’s Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, said the governor would send a bill to the State House of Assembly next week, requesting the lawmakers to immediately repeal the law awarding pension packages to former governors and deputies.
According to Ajakaye, the governor’s decision was in line with his campaign mantra and proof that he recognised himself as a product of democracy.
“The governor has listened to voices of the majority of the citizens opposing the pension law for former governors and deputy governors,” he said.
“As representatives of the people, the lawmakers would exercise their discretion to call a public hearing on the topic to further harvest wider opinions on the topic.
“However, the governor feels it is time for the law as it is to give way. He would rather the state commits the scarce public funds to tackling the question of poverty and youth unemployment.”
“Our state needs all the resources it can get to improve our human capital development. I believe our limited resources are better spent on tackling the question of poverty and youth unemployment,” AbdulRazaq added in a tweet.
Our state needs all the resources it can get to improve our human capital development. I believe our limited resources are better spent on tackling the question of poverty and youth unemployment.
— Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq (@RealAARahman) November 13, 2020