EDO State House of Assembly yesterday approved a pension benefit of a private residence valued at N200million anywhere in the state, for former governors of the state. The list includes Mr Adams Aliyu Eric Oshiomhole, Senator Oserheimhen Osunbor, Chief Lucky Igbinedion and Dr Sam Ogbemudia. The assembly also approved N100million worth of house for all former deputy governors. If the law is assented to all the former governors and their deputies stand to enjoy the pension benefit of residential buildings worth N200 million and N100 million. The bill titled, “A bill for a law to amend the 2007 Pension Rights of the Governor and Deputy Governor Law” was approved by the house at the committee of the whole. The only amendment to the pension rights of the governor and deputy was the inclusion of the value of the residential buildings in any location of their choice in Nigeria. According to the bill with the subhead titled, “provision of a house” read thus; a house in a location of choice in Nigeria of the Governor provided that the total cost of building the house shall not be in excess of 200 million naira while 100 million naira for the deputy governor. Other benefits to be enjoyed by the governor are, a pension for life at a rate equivalent to 100 percent of his last annual salary in addition to an officer not above salary grade level 12 as Special Assistant. A personal secretary not below grade level 10 who shall be selected by the former governor from the public service of Edo state. He is also entitled to have two cooks, two armed policemen as security, three vehicles to be bought by the State Government and liable to be replaced every five years. 3 drivers who shall be selected by the former governor and paid by the state
government as well as free medical treatment for the governor and his immediate family. On the other hand, the deputy governor was entitled to 100 percent of his last annual salary as pension, a personal staff not above salary grade level 12 as Special Assistant, a personal secretary not below grade level 09, a cook and two policemen as security. Also approved for the governor are 2 vehicles to be bought by the state government and liable to be replaced every five years, two drivers who shall be selected by the former deputy governor and paid by the state government and free medical treatment for him and his immediate family. In addition, the assembly has suspended the former speaker of the House, Victor Edoror (APC) representing Esan Central constituency for three months. It was gathered that the former speaker was suspended over alleged failure to appear before ad-hoc committee set up by the house to investigate the alleged financial impropriety levelled against him while in office as speaker. Recall that Edoror was May 3, 2016 impeached by the members of the house over alleged financial recklessness, highhandedness, dictatorial tendencies among other. At the impeachment the embattled former speaker was suspended but the suspension was however lifted at plenary session on May 09, 2016 by the then new speaker of the House, Elizabeth Aitive. At a plenary session yesterday, the speaker of the House, Justine Okonoboh announced the suspension of the former speaker. Okonoboh said the suspension was sequel to recommendation of the ad-hoc committee report on the allegations of financial impropriety levelled against the former speaker that he failed to appear before it to defend himself against the allegations. The speaker also announced the dissolution of the house standing committees.


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