The Kwara state government has adulated Senate President Bukola Saraki for dismissing the lawful payment of his pensions as a previous governor of the state.
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) had as of late blamed previous governors, who are presently senators or ministers , of getting twofold pay from government by tolerating pensions from their previous employments notwithstanding the pay rates in their new positions.
Saraki has been under the most spotlight from the assertions which he has completely denied, saying the payments ceased after he actually asked for it of his own volition.
The Kwara state government has supported his claim, saying Saraki himself composed a letter to the state government in 2015 to stop the payments.
This was unveiled in a public statement by the Secretary to the state government, Alhaji Sola Isiaka Gold.
In a bid by the state to clarify its position on the issue, he said, “Dr Saraki, as a two-term Governor, is entitled to pension as stipulated by the third schedule, Paragraph D (i) of the Governor and Deputy Governor (payment of pension) Law, No. 12 of 2010 of Kwara State.
“The said pension has been duly remitted to his account, like other former Governors’, since he left office but when via a letter dated 20th August 2015 addressed to the state government, Dr Saraki requested that the payment of pension to his account be stopped and the amount already credited to the account be refunded to the Government, the State Government promptly complied.
“The Government not only stopped the payment of the said pension, the amount already paid into Dr. Saraki’s account since he left office was deducted from the money owed to him as well as his other outstanding lawful entitlements.
“In view of the foregoing, it should be noted that neither the Kwara State Government nor Dr. Bukola Saraki violated the state pension law or any other law for that matter. The State Pension Law empowers the State Government to pay pension to former Governors of the State.
“The Kwara State Government will want to reiterate the fact that it was Dr Saraki who on his own volition considered the morality of the situation in which the pension would put him since he is still a serving Senator and chose to abandon his legal rights. We believe he should be commended for decision.
“It is the hope of the Kwara State Government that this clarification will end all the controversy about this issue.”
While tending to the contention, Saraki had said state governments ought to correct their laws to make it outlandish for previous office holders to be paid annuity privilege on the off chance that they get another administration arrangement.