Zamfara assembly abolishes law paying ex governors allowances


The Zamfara state House of Assembly on Tuesday outrightly repealed the law that allows jumbo payment of pension and other allowances  to former governors, their deputies, Speakers and their deputies in the state, DailyTrust reports.

According to the outlet, the abolishment of the law came barely 48 hours after a letter written by a former governor, Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar,  to Zamfara State Government demanding for the payment of his upkeep allowances running into millions of Naira leaked into the public.

According to the letter, the monthly upkeep allowances for an ex-governor in the state  is N10million and backed by law which was amended and assented to on the 23rd of March, 2019.

Presenting the bill  before the House,  the House leader, Hon. Faruk Musa Dosara (PDP Maradun 1) urged his collogues to as a matter of urgency consider the  abolishment of the law which provides the jumbo  pay 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.

According to Hon Dosara, these category of past leaders are collecting over N700 million annually which he said the present state economy could not accommodate.

Seconding the motion, Hon. Tukur Jekada Birnin Tudu (PDP, Bakura), said the abolishment of the law was highly necessary as it is  detrimental to the socio-economic well being of  the citizens of the state.

With this development, according to the spokesperson of the state assembly, Mustapha Jafaru Kaura, all past political leaders in Zamfara state would no longer enjoy the jumbo allowances  unless those prescribed by the National Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission.

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