Drama as Abia Assembly suspends pension for Ikpeazu, Orji Kalu, others

The Abia House of Assembly passed a bill on Tuesday to suspend pension payments to previous governors and deputies in the state.

It is entitled: “A Bill (H.A.B 11:) for a Law to Revoke The Abia State Governors and Deputy Governors Pensions Law No 4 of 2001 and for other Matters connected therewith.”

It was sponsored by Mr Uchanna Okoro, the Majority Leader and member Representing Arochukwu State Constituency.

The Speaker, Mr Emmanuel Emeruwa, announced the passage of the bill after its first, second reading, consideration at the committee of the whole and its 3rd reading during the day’s plenary.

Emeruwa, while congratulating members, said that the bill would reduce the state’s governance expenses and redirect resources towards development.

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He said that the bill once assented to by the governor would be referred to as “Abia State Governors and Deputy Governor’s (Repeal) Law 2024.”

The Speaker said that bill would take effect immediately, Tuesday, March 19, 2024.

News24 Nigeria reports that with the bill, former governors including Okezie Ikpeazu, Orji Kalu, among others will no longer enjoy pension benefits after their tenures have expired.

Recall that there had been a lot of controversies over the years concerning the outrageous life person and other enviable benefits being paid the governors and their deputies.

While few states had made moves to repeal the law, many states showed nonchalant attitude toward doing so.

 

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