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Saraki’s aide reacts as gov plans to stop pensions for ex-govs

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An aide to former Governor of Kwara State, Bukola Saraki, has berated the incumbent governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, for promising to revoke a law that guarantees life pensions and other privileges for former governors and their deputies.

Abdulrazaq had promised to abolish the pension law few days after Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, promised to send a bill to the House of Assembly to revoke a similar law in the state

However, Abdulganiyu Abdulqadir, the Press Officer, Local Matters to Saraki, said the law had been revoked since 2018.

In a statement on Friday, Abdulqadir advised the Kwara State Government to always check its records before copying policies from other states so as to avoid embarrassment.

He said former Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed had stopped the payment of pension to ex-governors and deputies since February 2018, which was 33 months ago.

Abdulqadir said, “It is worrisome how politics is clouding the judgment of the present administration under Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq and making it become desperate to score cheap political points, not minding the embarrassment it is causing the good people of the state.

“It would be recalled that in February 2018, the Kwara State House of Assembly revised the law and abolished payment of the pension, a move that was publicly hailed by the then Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.”

Abdulrazaq had earlier on Friday said he would  initiate measures to repeal the law that awards pensions to all former governors and their deputies that have served in the state.

Abdulrazaq, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, on Friday, said he would forward a bill to the state House of Assembly to repeal the law.

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