The Zamfara State House of Assembly has scrapped the law that allows bogus pension and other allowances for former governors, their deputies, speakers and their deputies.
The House decided after a former governor of the state, Abdulaziz Yari wrote the governor, Bello Matawalle, demanding and lamenting his non-payment of his entitlements.
A former governor is expected to receive N10 million upkeep every month as pension.
In the letter which went viral, Yari lamented that he had not been paid since August.
The letter which was dated October 17 warned Matawalle not to truncate the law amended in March which provides for such entitlement.
“I wish to humbly draw your attention to the provision of the law on the above subject matter which was amended and assented to on the 23rd of March 2019,” he said.
“The law provides, among other entitlements of the Former Governor, a monthly upkeep allowance of Ten Million Naira (N10,000,000) only and a pension equivalent to the salary he was receiving while in office.
“Accordingly, you may wish to be informed that since the expiration of my tenure on the 29th of May, 2019. I was only paid the upkeep allowance twice i.e for June and July while my pension for June has not been paid.
“As the law provides, the pension and upkeep allowance is not in the category of privileges that can be truncated without any justifiable reason, hence, the need to request you to kindly direct the settlement of the total backlog of the pension and upkeep as provided by the law.”
In an unexpected move, the house leader, Faruk Dosara presented a bill at the plenary on Tuesday, begging his colleagues to scrap the law.
Dosara described it as unfair to other retired civil servants who haven’t received their entitlement over the years.
He said the cost of settling the bogus pension for former governors and their deputies cost the state government N700 million annually.
similarly, the lawmaker representing Bakura constituency, Tukur Tudu backed his colleague, arguing that the abolishment of the law was a necessity as it is detrimental to the social-economic well being of the citizens of the state.
The speaker, Nasiru Magarya urged the clerk to accelerate the bill first and second reading.
The bill was passed into law hours later and sent to the governor for his approval.