The Zamfara State House of Assembly on Tuesday abolished a law that allowed the payment of N10million monthly upkeep and pensions to former state governors, their deputies, ex-speakers and their deputies too.
The nullification of the law came just few days after a letter addressed to Governor Bello Matawalle by Ex-Governor Abdulaziz Yari seeking for payment of his entitlements leaked.
Ex-Governor Yari had told the governor that he was only paid for two months since he left office as governor of the state.
However, the House abolished the law.
Faruk Dosara, the Leader of the Zamfara House of Assembly, who presented the bill before the House, urged his colleagues to consider a total repeal of the law which allows these former officials collect about N700million yearly.
Dosara seek a complete repeal of the law which he described as “jamboree payment for the former political leaders of the state at the detriment of the retired civil servants who have not been paid their entitlements over the years.”
He noted that the current economy cannot accommodate the huge costs.
Tukur Birnin-Tudu who seconded the motion noted that it was necessary to abolish the law.
Consequently, the Speaker of the House, Nasiru Magarya, started the process and the bill passed both first, second and third readings.
The bill would be sent to Governor Matawalle for his assent.
Speaking on the development, Mr. Mustapha Jafaru, the spokesman of the Zamfara State House of Assembly, said; “with this development, all past political leaders in Zamfara will longer enjoy any entitlements unless those prescribed by the national revenue mobilisation allocation and fiscal commission,”
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