ILORIN â€” The Kwara State House of Assembly has passed into law the bill for the payment of pension of Governor and Deputy Governor of the state, just as consideration was given to the nine amendments made on the Bill by Governor Bukola Saraki.
The Bill was passed after a unanimous decision of the lawmakers in a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Mr Ishola Balogun Fulani.
Governor Bukola Saraki had, before the passage of the bill, forwarded a letter to the House, expressing his views which sought amendment of certain provisions in the said bill.
In the letter addressed to the Speaker, Alhaji Babatunde Mohammed, dated 12 April, Saraki proposed nine amendments to the Bill in which all but one were accepted and ratified by the House.
Saraki had in the letter advised the House to extend entitlements under the payment of pension to all democratically-elected Governors and Deputy Governors of the state since 1967 in line with the position of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA.
Also suggested was a reduction in the annual basic salary of the Governor and Deputy Governor to 50% of the annual basic salary of the incumbent Governor and Deputy Governor as canvassed by the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA.
However, the House insisted on 100 per cent as was originally stipulated in the bill, arguing that this was in accordance with standard practice the world over.
On the Governor or Deputy Governor who served only one term, Saraki suggested that provision of transportation should be limited to one personal car and one security car, rather than local transportation expenses.
In addition, the beneficiary would also be entitled to one administrative officer and one personal secretary, being staff provision.