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Sanwo-Olu Stops Pension to Tinubu, Fashola, Ambode, Others

...Presents N1.15 Trillion Budget

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Tuesday, submitted a bill to the state House of Assembly seeking to abolish pension payments to former governors and their deputies.

This was one of the highlights of the 2021 budget proposals which the governor presented to the State House of Assembly on Tuesday.

Tagged Budget of Rekindled Hope, the proposal is estimated at N1.15 trillion.

Gov. Sanwo-Olu laying the budget before the House of Assembly
Gov. Sanwo-Olu laying the budget before the House of Assembly

In a tweet, the governor’s senior special assistant on new media, Mr. Jubril Gawat said the bill will repeal pension payments and entitlements to ex-governors and their deputies.

“Governor of Lagos State, Mr @jidesanwoolu has announced his intention, through executive bill, to repeal the public office holder (Payment of Pension Law 2007), which provides for payment of pension & other entitlements to former governors and their deputies,” Gawat tweeted.

If the bill sails through, it would be a smal victory for Lagosians, most of who consider payment of pension to governors and their deputies as not only a waste but also fraudulent.

It would also help other state governments which cannot fulfill their obligations to their citizens due to excessive baggage amid paucity of funds  to find the moral courage and political will to stop the waste.


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