Kano Assembly Passes life Pension Bill for Speaker, Deputy

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Following the proposal scaling through a third reading, the Kano State House of Assembly yesterday passed the Pension Rights of Speaker and Deputy Bill 2019.

 
With the bill, the Assembly’s speaker and deputy will be entitled to a life pension. 
 
Recall that the Assembly had in 2018 rejected a similar bill seeking life pensions for governor and deputy governor.

The bill if passed by the State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the presiding officers will have the privilege to earn life benefits after the expiration of their tenure.

Both the Speaker and Deputy will also change their vehicles every for years while there is provision for state sponsor medical trips once in 12 months.

The bill states: “There shall be paid pension to person(s) who held office as speaker and deputy speaker equal to the emoluments of a serving speaker and deputy speaker, provided that either the speaker or the deputy do not hold any paid elective or selective appointments.

“Any person duly elected as speaker or deputy speaker shall, on completion of his term, be entitled to a grant of pension for life by the state, provided that such person was not removed from office through impeachment by members of the House of Assembly.

“Where the speaker or deputy vacates office before the expiration of the term of his office, not as a result of impeachment, he shall be paid pension pro-rata the number of years he spent in relation to his tenure of office.”

The bill reads further: “Where the speaker or deputy speaker dies in office before the expiration of the term of his tenure, he shall be paid pension pro-rata the number of years he spent in relation to his tenure of office.

“There shall be provided for the speaker and the deputy speaker a brand new vehicle to be bought by the state government every four years. There shall be provided for the speaker and the deputy speaker medical expenses either home or abroad depending on the nature of the illness.”

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