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C’River Assembly includes Speaker in Gov’s pension bill

Posted: Apr 24, 2015 at 9:45 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Nsa Gill,  Calabar


Cross River State House of Assembly has passed the Gubernatorial Pension Amendment Bill 2015 which makes provision for the insertion of medical and security allowance for former occupants of the office.

The bill according to the chairman of the Finance and Appropriation committee of the House, Dr. Jacob Otu-Enyia, is in compliance with section 124 (5) of the 1999 constitution as amended.

He said the Bill seeks to include the speaker and the deputy speaker as beneficiaries of the pension and the office of the governor and deputy governor were redefined to include acting governor.

The incumbent speaker of the House, Hon. Larry Odey may end up a double beneficiary if the state governor assent to the bill as he Odey had ones been an Acting Governor in the state for about a month and some weeks when the court vacated the elected governor and ordered a fresh election.

Hon. Enyia said his House Committee met with the state economic team after studying the State Gubernatorial Pension Amendment Bill with a view to understanding its provisions. He argued that the Law when operational will address challenges faced by public office holders after office and curb embezzlement of public funds among others.

After consideration of the bill, the House passed it into law and the speaker who presided directed the clerk of the House to forward a clean copy to the governor for his assent.

The actual figures for which the former governors are entitled were not made known but some insiders in the state assembly frowned at the bill at this time when the state is near bankrupt and legislators are considering pension bill including medical allowances for themselves annually for life.

Another bill speedily considered and passed by the state assembly is one for the establishment of the State House of Assembly Service Commission, presented by the Judiciary and Public Service Matters Committee and sponsored by Mr. George O’Ben Etchi.

In his presentation, O’Ben Etchi said the Bill is made up of 7 parts and 31 sections and a schedule. According to him, when in place, the Law will make room for functions, legislative practice and procedure to be handled by the Commission without recourse to the Executive arm.