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Akpabio signs controversial Pension Bill

By The Citizen
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Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State has signed into law the Amended Pension Bill for Ex-Governors (spouses) and Ex-Deputy Governors (spouses) in the state, which is to take effect June 1.

Governor Akpabio, who accented to the bill at Governor's Office, Uyo, said: 'The essence of the law is to streamline and avoid excesses of finances and to be prudent in the management of our resources.

'The Constitution has empowered us to make laws. So, we have today made the pension law for ex-governors and ex-deputy governors.

'This law was made in 2000. It was amended in 2006 and is now amended again in 2014. The essence of this amendment was because staff such as cooks, drivers, among others were hired by the ex-governors and ex-deputy governors with a non-financial benchmark.

'All staff of the ex-governors should not earn more than N5 million annually and all staff of the ex-deputy governors should not earn more than N2 million annually.

'No ex-governor can spend more than N100 million in a year for medical expenses and no ex- deputy governor can spend more than N50 million for medical expenses, because we are making sure that we cover all the loopholes of financial wastage.

'Widows of ex-governors will receive a minimum of N1 million monthly for medical expenses and N500,000 medical expenses for the widows of ex-deputy governors.'

Akpabio hinted that the law also covers those who served in the old Cross River State, adding that the law was to streamline and to bring sanity into state finances, which he said had been misinterpreted by the public and resulted to a lot of bashing in the social media