SERAP URGES BAYELSA GOVERNOR TO REJECT LIFE PENSION BILL FOR LAWMAKERS
Written by thereachfm on May 28, 2019
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has sent an open letter to Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State urging him to use his “good office as trustee of the state’s resources, and consistent with your constitutional oath of office, to reject the proposed life pension bill by the leader of the House of Assembly Peter Akpe, and to prevail upon the House to immediately withdraw the self-serving bill.”
The House had last week passed a bill that would grant life pensions to speakers, deputy speakers and other members.
Under the bill, speakers will go home with N500,000 monthly, while deputy speakers will receive N200,000. 24 other members will each get N100,000.
Reacting, SERAP said should the governor assent to the bill as proposed, it will institute legal proceedings to challenge the legality of the legislation and ensure full compliance with constitutional provisions and Nigeria’s international anti-corruption obligations.”