Bayelsa assembly approves N.1m life pension for serving, ex-lawmakers

Bayelsa Governor Dickson

The Bayelsa State House of Assembly on Wednesday expeditiously passed a bill that would enable each member, past and serving, receive N100,000 monthly life pensions for all present and past members of the assembly.

The controversial bill was sponsored by the leader of the House, Peter Akpe, which was passed on the floor of the House.

Members unanimously agreed and approved N500, 000 naira post service monthly pension to the speakers of the assembly, while deputy speakers would receive N200,000 and members will get N100,000.

The bill specifically provided that former lawmakers including persons of Bayelsa origin, who served in the old Rivers State, would enjoy life pensions for their services in the state as applicable to former presidents, vice-presidents, governors and deputy governors across the country.

To qualify for the speakership pension of N500, 000 monthly, the official must have served for two years and above.

It remains unclear whether Governor Seriake Dickson will sign the bill.

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