IN the clearest sign of being wasteful amidst economic downturn and biting poverty afflicting their population, the Edo State House of Assembly has amended the “2007 Pension Rights of the Governor and Deputy Governor Law” to provide a home of N200 million for former Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
The amended law also provides N100 million accommodation for his deputy, Dr. Pius Odubu.
Oshiomhole left office last Saturday after two terms of eight years.
If Governor Godwin Obaseki assents to the amended, the former governor and his deputy will enjoy N200 million and N100 million for their accommodation.
The provision of the accommodation was the only amendment to the law.
The law provides that the former governor and his deputy could have the accommodation in any location of their choice in Nigeria.
The bill, with the subhead: “Provision of a House” provides that a house in a location of choice in Nigeria for the governor, provided that the total cost of building the house shall not be in excess of N200 million while N100 million (is) for the deputy governor.
Other benefits the former governor and his deputy will enjoy include a pension for life at a rate equivalent to 100 per cent of his last annual salary, besides an officer not above salary grade Level 12 as Special Assistant (SA), a personal secretary not below Grade Level 10, who shall be selected by the former governors from the public service of Edo State.
Former governors are also entitled to have two cooks, two armed policemen (as security), three vehicles to be bought by the state government and liable to be replaced every five years, three drivers, who shall be selected by the former governor and paid by the state government as well as free medical treatment for the governor and his immediate family.
Former deputy governors are entitled to 100 per cent of their last annual salary as pension, a personal worker not above salary Grade Level 12 as Special Assistant (SA), a personal secretary not below Grade Level 09, who shall be selected by the former deputy governor from the public service of the state, a cook, two policemen (as security).
Two vehicles bought by the state government and liable to be replaced every five years are to be provided with two drivers, who shall be selected by former deputy governors and paid by the state government and free medical treatment for them and their immediate family.