Kano state House of Assembly plans to include former principal officer of the house in the ongoing amendment of former Governors and their deputies’ pension act.
The Kano State House of Assembly had commenced a process to amend the state law that provided pension and gratuity for former governors and deputy governors. The decision to commence the amendment of the law followed a motion of urgent public importance raised before the legislature by a member, Alhaji Labaran Madari (APC), representing Warawa Constituency.
The Assembly Speaker , Abdullahi Yusuf Atta stated this on Monday in an interview with Solacebase .
Abdullahi Yusuf Atta said the amendment became imperative considering the fact that most of the governors and deputy governors are gainfully engaged after their service to the state as some of them are presently Federal lawmakers, Ministers and even governors.
He explained that the inclusion of lawmakers as beneficiaries of the pension scheme is vital considering their contribution and most of them after their service are not engaged in any employment.
“Honestly you would be so surprise when you see some of our colleagues that have served as lawmakers in a bad living conditions. So when they are included even if it is N20,000 or N30,000 it will go a long way to support them,” Abdullahi Atta said.
“You can imagine I was lawmaker in 1999, 2011 and presently the Speaker of the House, in this situation i will not be entitled to benefit until i am out of the house.”
He noted that the committee saddled with the responsibility is yet to submit the report adding that it will be extensively discussed to ensure that everybody is carried a long
However Solacebase observed that this is contrary to the prayer of the motion moved by Alhaji Labaran Madari (APC), representing Warawa Constituency on 19th March at plenary.
According to Madari, the amendment of the law is to reduce unnecessary spending of public funds through payments to former governors and deputy governors who are also holding political offices after their tenures.
Solacebase recalled that the assembly set up an ad-hoc committee under the leadership of the House Majority Whip, Alhaji Kabiru Hassan-Dashi, and was given two weeks to submit its report.