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Former Govs, Deputy Govs to Enjoy Life Pensions in Enugu


Enugu State House of Assembly has passed a bill that gives all former governors and deputy governors in Enugu State the right to receive pensions for life.
The bill, which was passed on Tuesday, followed the amendment of the ‘gubernatorial pensions bill, 2015 and other matters connected therewith’, to provide for lifetime pensions for former governors and deputy governors, including those from the ‘Old Anambra’ and ‘Old Enugu’ axis.
The law says those impeached would not enjoy the package.
Before the bill was passed into law at a plenary session on Tuesday, Leader of the House, Ikechukwu Ezeugwu, noted that the amendment became necessary to accommodate all former governors and deputy governors in the state, from the days of the Old Anambra State.
Those that would benefit from the development include Chief Jim Nwobodo, Chief Okwesilieze Nwodo, Dr. Chimaraoke Nnamani, and Sullivan Chime, as well as their respective deputies.
The member representing Nkanu-East, Paul Nnajiofor, noted that the passage of the amended bill was long overdue.
He added that the House endorsed the lifetime pension to appreciate the role played by the former governors and deputy governors in the development of the state.
“This law as amended will give our respected and revered elder statesmen their due, and appreciate them for the immense contribution to the development of the state,” Nnajiofor said.
Another lawmaker, Mary Ugwu, Enugu-South Rural, expressed the hopes that the lifetime pension would motivate current and future governors and their deputies to serve the state with dedication and transparency.
“It will have enduring effect on chief executives of the state, thus making them to serve meritoriously, knowing that they have something to fall back on tomorrow after office,” Ugwu said.
The Speaker, Mr. Edward Ubosi, who commended the lawmakers after the bill was passed into law, noted that, with the development, former governors and their deputies in the state would feel like their counterparts in other states where similar laws are applicable.


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