Enugu legislature terminates proposed ex-govs, deputies’ life pensions

Obinwannem News Enugu legislature terminates proposed ex-govs, deputies' life pensions

Enugu State House Assembly has terminated the controversial bill seeking pensions for ex-governors and their deputies on Tuesday.

The bill sponsored by Ikechukwu Ezugwu, passed the first reading last week Thursday at the plenary.

The bill, however, generated lots of controversy as the general public condemned it.

Ezugwu said the House would do the needful by the next plenary in response to the yearnings of the people.

The bill seeking to ammend the law on pensions for former governors and their deputies.

The amendment, if passed into law, would guarantee ‘life pensions’ for former governors and their deputies including their spouses, which would create expenses over ₦1.1 billion annually on ex government and their deputies pensions; while ₦1.25 billion would be used to purchase vehicles for the five former governors and deputies.

Subsequently, the House on Tuesday, March 16, stepped down the bill following a motion by the leader of the House, Ikechukwu Ezugwu.

Ezugwu said the motion for stepping down the bill – though the bill not out of place – needed to be stepped down following the outcry of the masses which they must attend to as their representatives in the House.

He also said the need to consult widely before the bill could be reintroduced was essential.

The motion was seconded by Onyinye Ugwu, the deputy leader of the House.

Meanwhile, Edward Ubosu, the speaker also said there were unconstitutional provisions in the bill, which allows former governors and their deputies spouse to be paid. This was also stepped down for wider consultations.

Lolo Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News

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