Analysis: Amidst Citizens Hardship, Ex-Governors In 10th Senate To Receive Over N2 Billion As Pension

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Amidst calls for cutting the cost of governance in Nigeria, Senate President Godswill Akpabio and 13 other former governors, who have now become senators, are expected to receive an average of N2.8 billion as pension allowances per annum, Parallel Facts reports.

Parallel Facts based its report on available data extracted from verified news publications from the last four years.

Pegging the basic pension allowances of former governors at an average of N200 million per annum, Parallel Facts findings revealed each of the ex-governors serving in the 10th Senate will receive at least N2.8 billion as pensions.

Former governors on the list include Mr. Godswill Akpabio (Akwa-Ibom); Mr. Adams Oshiomhole (Edo); Mr. Adamu Aliero (Kebbi); Mr. Dave Umahi (Ebonyi); Mr. Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto); and Mr. Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger State).

Others are: Mr. Ibrahim Danwkambo (Gombe); Mr. Danjuma Goje (Gombe); Mr. Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara); Mr. Gbenga Daniel (Ogun); Mr. Aliyu Wammako (Sokoto); Mr. Orji Kalu (Abia); Mr. Ibrahim Gaidam (Yobe); and Mr. Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa).

Our findings also identified states implementing life pensions for former governors as Akwa-Ibom, Abia, Edo, Jigawa, Niger, Kebbi, Kano, Sokoto, Jigawa, Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu, Benue, Gombe, Yobe, Taraba, Kaduna, Plateau, Katsina, Rivers, and Delta. Many of these states owe workers’ salaries and remain the poorest in the country.

Meanwhile, former Ogun Governor, Gbenga Daniel, has asked the incumbent Governor, Dapo Abiodun, to stop the monthly pension being paid to him by the State Government.

In a letter titled ‘Request To Suspend My Monthly Pension and Allowances’, Daniel asked that the N676,376.95 pension and allowances he is entitled to as a former governor be suspended.

According to him, the suspension of the pension was in compliance with his conscience, moral principle, and ethical code against double emoluments that a serving Senator, who hitherto was a former State governor, shall not be entitled to the payment of pension and allowances from such a State.