From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin
The Kwara State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) has urged the immediate past governor of the state,Dr Bukola Saraki, to emulate the Governor of Akwa-Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio by giving up his own pension entitlement he is currently enjoying.
PDP in a statement in Ilorin yesterday noted with delight the reversal of the controversial pension laws by the Akwa Ibom state governor.
“By this reversal, Governor Akpabio has yet again demonstrated that he is a leader that respects overwhelming public opinion and the larger interest of the Akwa Ibom citizens.
“It is in the light of the above that we call on Sen. Bukola Saraki, erstwhile Governor of Kwara state and Senator representing Kwara Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly, to take a cue from Governor Akpabio and ask the Kwara State House of Assembly to commence immediate legislative process aimed at reversing the obnoxious, self-serving and insensitive Kwara pension laws that he (Saraki) orchestrated while in office and has continued to enjoy for the past three years, notwithstanding that the state is gradually going bankrupt to the extent of going aborrowing.”
The party recalled that Sen. Saraki, in the twilight of his eight years of ‘uneventful’ administration of Kwara state, got himself a mouthwatering life pension package, which is similar in content and substance to that of Akwa Ibom state.
In what has become a bad precedent for other capacious state governors, Saraki receives a monthly pension benefit equivalent to his monthly salary when he held sway as a governor.
Others include, astate-of-the-art residential house in Ilorin, an annual vacation of 30 days outside Nigeria with 30 days estacodes, free medical treatment for him and all the members of his families in any part of the world, three cars for the governor and in addition to one pilot and two backup cars to be replaced every three years en bloc, furniture allowance payable every two years en bloc, two cooks, steward, gardener and other domestic staff whose salaries shall be pensionable, two SSS details, eight policemen (one each for house and personal security).
“But despite stringent public outrage from Kwara elders, pensioners, Nigerian Bar Association and even his late father, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki, Mr. Saraki, in cohort with an equally insensitive legislative assembly, hurried the passage of what is now known as the Kwara State Pension for Governor and Deputy Governor Law, No 12, 2010.