Nigeria Wastes N200 Billion Annually On Ex-Governors, Deputies Serving In Buhari’s Government-Report

By Ikenga Chronicles December 26, 2016

Emerging reports have revealed that Senate President Bukola Saraki, 20 ex-governors and deputy governors who are either senators or ministers presently are collecting a whopping sum of N200 Billion annually as outrageous pensions from their states, even as they are also collecting their full emoluments from the Federal Government coffers.

Latif Adedeji, a Professor of Transport Management at the Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomosho, Osun State, lamented that state governments are reportedly spending not less than N80 billion annually on pension payments to these former governors who are also drawing salaries from the Federal Government as serving senators and ministers.

According to him, the states and Federal Government are paying over N120 billion to other officers of government who are now serving the government in new capacities.

The former governors who now senators are: Bukola Saraki (Kwara), Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano), Kabiru Gaya (Kano), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Theodore Orji (Abia), Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa), Sam Egwu (Ebonyi), Shaaba Lafiagi (Kwara), Joshua Dariye (Plateau) and Jonah Jang (Plateau). Others are Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko (Sokoto), Ahmed Sani Yarima (Zamfara), Danjuma Goje (Gombe), Bukar Abba Ibrahim (Yobe), Adamu Aliero (Kebbi), George Akume (Benue) and Isiaka Adeleke (Osun).

Former deputy governors now in the Senate are Mrs Biodun Olujimi (Ekiti) and Enyinaya Harcourt Abaribe (Abia) while Danladi Abubakar Sani was the acting governor of Taraba State.

Former governors but who are now ministers include Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Chris Ngige (Anambra) and Babatunde Fashola (Lagos).

‘’Largesse for ex-governors  approved by former governor Bola Tinubu in 2007, a former governor will enjoy the following benefits for life: Two houses, one in Lagos and another in Abuja (property experts estimate such a house in Lagos to cost N500m and Abuja N700m).” the report states.

‘’His successor, Babatunde Fashola will enjoy the same largesse in addition to his emoluments as a minister in Buhari’s cabinet. Others are six brand new cars replaceable every three years; furniture allowance of 300 per cent of annual salary to be paid every two years, and a close to N2.5 million as pension (about N30 million pension annually).”

‘’He will also enjoy security detail, free medicals including for his immediate families. Other benefits are 10 per cent house maintenance, 30 per cent car maintenance, 10 per cent entertainment, 20 per cent utility, and several domestic staff.”

The report added: ‘’In Rivers, the law provides 100 per cent of annual basic salaries for ex-governor and deputy, one residential house for former governor anywhere of his choice in Nigeria; one residential house anywhere in Rivers for the deputy, three cars for the ex-governor every four years; two cars for the deputy every four years.”

‘’His furniture allowance is 300 per cent of annual basic salary every four years… House maintenance is 10 per cent of annual basic salary.”

In Akwa Ibom, the law provides for N200 million annual pay to ex governors and deputies. Such a person enjoys a pension for life at a rate equivalent to the salary of the incumbent governor/deputy governor respectively.’’

In Kwara,  also the 2010 law gives a former governor two cars and a security car, replaceable every three years, a “well-furnished 5-bedroom duplex,” furniture allowance of 300 per cent of his salary; five personal staff, three SSS, free medical care for the governor and the deputy, 30 percent of salary for car maintenance, 20 per cent for utility, 10 percent for entertainment, 10 per cent for house maintenance.

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