The Zamfara state House of Assembly has moved against a former governor of the state, Abdulaziz Yari by repealing the law that allows payment of pension and other allowances to former governors, deputies, Speakers and deputy speakers in the state just few days after a letter by the former governor demanding resumption of his monthly upkeep allowances surfaced online which was trailed by public condemnations.
The bill to abolish the law which was presented by the House Leader, Farouk Musa Dosara at Tuesday’s sitting argued that the payments of jumbo allowances to former political office holders in the state is at the detriment of the civil servants who are yet to receive their pensions after serving the state meritoriously.
Dosara said payments to former political leaders in the state costs the state to the tune of N700m annually and clearly not sustainable.
Supporting the motion,the member representing Bakura state constituency, Jekada Birnin Tudu said it is imperative that the law is abolished in the interest of the state and the people.
The bill scaled the first and second reading. It was further sent to the committee before scaling to third reading after which it was passed into law. The bill has been sent to the state governor, Bello Matawalle for assent.
It would be recalled that Matawalle and Yari was engaged in public spat at the weekend over recent violence in some parts of the state. Matawalle had blamed Yari for the violence.