IMO STOPS PENSIONS AND GRATUITIES TO MAJOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Hope Uzodinma, Imo State Governor has assented to a bill repealing the law that created pension allowances and gratuities for former Governors, Deputy Governors, Assembly Speakers and Deputy Speakers in the State.
The Governor while signing the bill noted that the 1999 constitution stipulates that a pensioner must have worked for at least 10 years and must be up to 45 years whereas many of the ex-governors, deputies, speakers only end up serving eight years in office.
He also expressed dissatisfaction over the fact that some of the ex occupants of the State Government offices attain other positions like Senators, members of the House of Representatives, and still earn huge amounts of money as salaries.
He said: “Apart from the inconsistency of such a law to the provisions of the ground norm, which is the Constitution of 1999 (as amended), this has led for very long time precedence that does not encourage diligence and prudence in service delivery.”
Uzodinma appreciated the State House of Assembly for embracing the bill as it will strengthen the internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the State.
Recently, Hope Uzodinma, had assured workers and pensioners in the state of prompt payment of their entitlements.
The Governor said he had come to serve the interest of people of the state while promising that the present administration would soon commence the implementation of the new National Minimum Wage once he received the report from the committee.
The Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Chiji Collins said the repeal on pension and Gratuity has long embraced in many States in Nigeria.
Uzodinma assured the residents of his commitment and desire to grow an economy that will stand the test of time.