On Tuesday, the Zamfara State House of Assembly abolished the law mandating the state government to pay pension and other entitlements to former state governors, their deputy and other state officials.
During the tenure of the state’s immediate past governor, Abdulaziz Yari, the law was passed.
After the abolition of the statute, at the expense of the government, former public officials in Zamfara will no longer enjoy any rights.
House Leader Faruk Musa Dosara, who submitted the bill to the lawmakers, urged his colleagues to consider as a matter of urgency the abolition of the law mandating the payment of jumbo salaries and entitlements to the state’s former political office holders.
According to the House speaker, different groups of past leaders have raised more than N700million annually, which is beyond what the state can afford now.
Another lawmaker, Tukur Jekada Birnin Tudu, who sponsored the motion, said it was appropriate to abolish the statute, adding that “it is harmful to our people’s socio-economic well-being.”
The Speaker of the Assembly, Nasiru Mu’azu Magarya, directed the House clerk to send the bill first and second reading after significant deliberations and contributions by members of the House.
Earlier, the House went to an entire legislative committee and approved the bill for a third reading.
The House agreed that the bill was now passed into law and would be sent for authorization to the governor.