Breaking: Lagos lawmakers cut down Tinubu, other ex-governors’ pension benefits




Former Lagos state governor Ahmed Tinubu

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday approved the report of its committee on establishment which recommended the reduction of pensions to former governors and other affected officials by 50 percent.

The committee also expunged the provision of houses in Abuja and Lagos for former governors as stipulated in an earlier law operated by the state. 

The report further showed a reduction in the number of vehicles to be made available to former governors and their deputies. 

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, suggested that former governors should get two vehicles (a car and a van) instead of three as recommended by the committee.

He also suggested that the amended bill should provide that the cars be changed every four years instead of the three years recommended by the report.

While some of the lawmakers at plenary, had suggested for an upward review of the pension for the affected public office holders by 75 percent, others urged that the pension remain as stipulated in the old law. 

However, Obasa argued that it should be left at 50 percent, especially as the report had recommended the removal of houses and reduced other benefits. 

While recalling the recent murder of the president of Haiti, Obasa said it was necessary to also secure the lives of the former office holders.

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