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The Enugu State House of Assembly on Tuesday passed the ” Pensions Bill 2015 and other matters connected therewith” into law.
The law enables former governors and their deputies who are indigenes of Enugu State to take pensions for life.
It however has a proviso that the governor or the deputy must not be impeached to earn such life pensions.
Those to benefit from the law include indigenes of Enugu State who were Governors and Deputies from the time of old Anambra State to old Enugu State as well as present.
Presenting the Executive Amended bill, Hon. Ikechukwu Ezeugwu, leader of the House, noted that the bill sought to give a life-time pension to politically elected governors and their duties, who were not impeached.
Ezeugwu said that the amendment had become necessary to accommodate governors that had helped to development the state from the Old Anambra State and old Enugu State as well as the present politically elected governors in the new Enugu State.
Contributing, Hon Paul Nnajiofor representing Nkanu East said that the amended bill was long overdue.
“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,’’ Nnajiofor said.
Hon. Mary Ugwu representing Enugu South Rural said the amended bill would make future governors and their deputies to serve with dedication and transparency.
“It will have enduring effect on Chief Executives of the State, thus making them to serve meritoriously, knowing that he or she has something to fall back on tomorrow after office,’’ Ugwu said.
Later, Mr. Edward Ubosi, the Speaker of the House thanked the lawmakers for doing a good job and seeing to the timely passage of the amended bill into law.
“The reason for passing this amended bill is to allow citizens of Enugu State, who had 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,’’ Ubosi said.
In a related development, the Leader of the House, Ezeugwu, also presented a bill seeking for the amendment of the Establishment of the Universal Basic Education Board Law 2005 and Matters Related Therewith.
Ezeugwu explained that the bill presented for its second reading, seeks to confer supervisory role of the board on the governor or the commissioner.
The speaker, after the second reading, however referred the bill to the committees on Education, Judiciary as well as Ethics and Privileges to make inputs.
Also, the amendment bill seeking to amend the Enugu State Education Law was read for the second time.
The Speaker however referred the bill to the committee on Education and Gender Affairs and directed the two committees to organise a public hearing on the matter and conclude their work on the bill within three weeks.
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