Zamfara State Assembly abolishes pension, allowances to ex govs, speakers

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The Zamfara State House of Assembly on Tuesday abolished the payment of pension and other entitlements to former governors, their deputies, former speakers and their deputies in the state by repealing the law outrightly.

The brings an end to the controversy over a delay in payment to the immediate past governor, Abdulaziz Yari.

Presenting the bill before the House, the House Leader, Hon. Faruk Musa Dosara (PDP Maradun 1) urged his colleagues to as a matter of urgency consider the complete repeal of the law which provides the jamboree pay 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 Hon Dosara these category of past leaders are collecting over N700,000 million naira annually thereby grossly affecting the state’s economy and finances.

Deal of the day

Seconding the motion in the House, Hon. Tukur Jekada Birnin Tudu (Bakura LGA PDP) said the abolition of the law is highly necessary as its detrimental to the socio-economic well being of our people.

After serious deliberations and contributions by the house members, The Speaker, Rt Hon Nasiru Mu’azu Magarya ordered the clerk to the house to give the bill first and second reading.

The House Committee then deliberated on the bill before a third reading. It was resolved that the bill has now passed into law and will be sent to the governor for his assent.

According to the spokesperson of the State House of Assembly, Mustapha Jafaru Kaura all past political leaders in Zamfara state are no longer entitled to those pensions and allowances unless those prescribed by National Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission.

The house then adjourned sitting until 27 Wednesday 2019.