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Life Pension For NASS Leaders Is A Slap On The Face Of Common Nigerians – Dike

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NASSChief Ogbuehi Dike, the National Publicity Secretary of United Progressive Party, has advised the National Assembly (NASS) to drop the proposal for life pension for its leaders.

The Senate, on Tuesday, concluded its debate on the proposed amendments to the 1999 Constitution (as amended) which included approval of life pension for the Senate president and his deputy.

The upper chamber also approved a similar proposal for the speaker of the House of Representatives and his deputy.

Dike said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday that most NASS leaders had worked and retired elsewhere and did not need to get another pension.

He said that the NASS leaders had truly contributed to the development of the country and as such should look elsewhere for compensation.

Dike urged NASS members to have a rethink and drop the idea, especially now that the country was trying to revive its economy.

“You cannot come and work for four years or eight years and you will be asking for life pension.

“It will not do a country like Nigeria any good because our economy is not strong enough for such venture,” Dike said.

He said the severance allowances paid to the legislators should be able to pay their bills after service.

Dike said that life pension was counter-productive and would have a serious setback on the country’s economy if not addressed immediately.

“If NASS members are asking for life pension, what will be the faith of a common man walking on the street?

“They should remember that there is hunger in the land, people are living far below poverty line in this country,” he said.

Dike urged the legislators to put the interest of the country above personal interest by making laws that would benefit the citizens.

It would be recalled that during one of its debates on the review of the constitution, Senators had passed the pension proposal clause with a “Yes” vote of 86 to 13 “No” votes while one abstained from the voting process.

The proposal reads: “Any person who has held office as President or Deputy President of the Senate, Speaker or Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, shall be entitled to pension for life,” with Senator Mark stressing that the rate would be equivalent to the annual salary of the incumbent holders of the offices. (NAN)

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  1. Joy

    July 24, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Do you know that Lagos State Pensioners dies every day while some are on sick bed due to non payment of their 142% pensions increase arrears and gratuities which other State Governors have paid their Pensioners long ago

  2. biodun

    July 24, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Do you know that Lagos State Government under the leadership of Gov. Raji Fashola refuse to pay Pensioners their 142% pension increase and gratuities while other State Governors including ACN Governors have paid their pensioners both 142% increase and other increases followed long ago. Please people should plead with the leaders in Lagos State govt. to pay this Old Citizens that have serve the State with their Black hairs their that right because one day they too will become Old and no one knows tomorrow

  3. Hebergeur

    June 4, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Anyone in their right mind ought to know that Nigeria is going in the wrong direction and it is about time to change and have new leadership. Pensions for life and millions have no jobs and poverty is high. What a country!!

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party.

Senator Abbo, who represents Adamawa North in the Nigerian Senate announced his defection from the PDP to the APC in a letter addressed to the Senate.

Senator Ahmad Lawan, the President of the Nigerian Senate, read the letter during Wednesday’s plenary session.

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In his letter, Senator Abbo explained that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.

Senator Abbo who is a first-term lawmaker was elected in 2019 to the Senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Meanwhile, the name Senator Elisha Abbo became popular amongst Nigerians last year after he made headlines for slapping an attendant in a sex toy shop for ‘disrespecting’ him.

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2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu

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Bode George, Tinubu

Chief Bode George, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against supporting Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress for the 2023 Presidency.

Bode George made this remark in a statement titled, “The jamboree visit to the Villa: My Birthday Offering.”

The former National Port Authority boss warned Buhari against falling to the antics of those who would ignore the issues of Lagos State to engage in a needless scheming in partisan engagement.

Bode-George also condemned the recent visit of some APC chieftains, Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih, and Chief Segun Osoba to the State House, Abuja.

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The PDP chieftain said: “The visit of Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih, and Chief Segun Osoba to the seat of power in Abuja is needless, unnecessary, veiled in some poorly hidden agenda that is woven in apparently self-serving ulterior personalised desperation.

“It is easy to discern that the visit is stripped of any patriotic progression, lacking in balanced national leadership, voided of a spirit of sacrifice and developmental vision. The very absence of Bola Tinubu from the jamboree screams to high heavens that the meeting itself is a covert placatory softening of the ground for Tinubu himself. I am pretty certain that in his very absence, Tinubu occupies the centrality of the discussion.

“I will advise Baba Akande who governed Osun State with principled, incorruptible leadership to kindly help us drop off Bola Tinubu at Iragbiji as he makes his way back to Ila-Orangun, rather than engaging in fruitless pleading sessions for a man who is fixated on a warped pipe-dream about governing Nigeria. He should pay restitution for the egregious stripping of the Lagosian coffers.”

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

Dave Umahi

Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, on Tuesday sacked sixteen Technical Assistants.

The development was disclosed in a statement released by Umahi through the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala.

He also announced the dissolution of governing boards of the state’s two tertiary education institutions.

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The boards dissolved are the Ebonyi State University Governing Council and the Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo Governing Boards.

The two boards are headed by Ambassador Franklin Ogbuewu and a former Minister of State for Health, Fidelis Nwankwo.

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