- Former governors and their deputies in Enugu will receive pension for life
- The state House of Assembly said this will help reward the governors for their duty in developing the state
- Governors who are impeached will not benefit from this new law
All former Enugu governors and their deputies will receive pension for life according to a new bill passed by the state House of Assembly on Tuesday, May 9.
The Punch reports that it 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’ eras”
The Leader of the House, Mr. Ikechukwu Ezeugwu, spoke before the passage of the bill noting that it was necessary and that it would accommodate those that served as governors and deputies during from the Old Anambra and Old Enugu eras.
Mr. Paul Nnajiofor who is a member applauded the bill saying it was long overdue and was a way of appreciating the work done by the former governors and their deputies for the development of the state.
He said: “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.”
Another lawmaker, Mary Ugwu, representing Enugu-South Rural noted that the passage of the bill would enable governors and their deputies to work with dedication and encourage transparency that will eradicate corruption.
She said: “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.”
Mr. Edward Ubosi who is the Speaker applauded the lawmakers for the passage of the bill and said it was a way of making former governors and their deputies reap the reward of their work to Enugu state.
He said: “The reason for passing this amended bill is to allow citizens of Enugu State, who have served this state as governors in Old Anambra and Old Enugu, to receive a pension.
“This will make them be like and feel like others and also reap from the benefit of their immense contributions to the development of the present Enugu State.”
Thse that will benefit from this new development include: include Chief Jim Nwobodo, Chief Okwesilieze Nwodo, Dr. Chimaraoke Nnamani, and Sullivan Chime,
Governors who are impeached would not benefit from the new law.