Abia Assembly Abrogates Ex-Govs’ Pensions Law ‘To Reduce Cost Of Governance’

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The law allowing former governors of Abia State and their deputies to collect pensions, was on Tuesday abrogated by the State House of Assembly.

In 2001, Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of Abia State, who served from 1999 to 2007, signed the “Abia State Governors & Deputy Governors Pensions Law No 4 of 2001”.

Kalu is currently a senator representing Abia north.

The law stipulated that the former governors and deputies were entitled to 100 percent of the annual basic salaries of the incumbent governor and deputy; their cooks, stewards, drivers, and gardeners were to be paid by the state; and were entitled to three police officers and two operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Former governors were also entitled to two vehicles worth N20 million each every four years.

However, at the plenary on Tuesday, the state lawmakers passed a bill to repeal the pensions law for governors.

The bill, sponsored by Okoro Uchenna Kalu, the lawmaker representing the Arochukwu state constituency, was designed to “ensure that the outrageous cost of governance is reduced to channel Abia State resources towards the development of the state”.

The bill is expected to be transmitted to Alex Otti, Governor of Abia Dtate, for assent.

The implication is that all former governors of the state and their deputies, including Kalu, Theodore Orji, and Okezie Ikpeazu, will no longer get pension entitlements.

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