The governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma has, on Friday, signed into law, a bill repealing pensions, gratuities for former governors, former deputy governors, former speakers and deputy speakers.
Speaking during the event, Governor Uzodinma regretted that some governors, speakers, and their deputies equally get fat salaries and allowances in other positions they occupy such as Senators or Ministers.
Speaking after signing the Bill, Uzodimma noted: “Apart from the inconsistency of such a law to the provisions of the grundnorm, which is the Constitution of 1999 (as amended), this has led for a very long time a precedence that does not encourage diligence and prudence in service delivery.’’
He, thereafter, thanked the Imo State House of Assembly for rising to the occasion.
He pointed out that the decision to repeal the law stems from the desire of the government to strengthen the internally generated revenue base of the State.
The governor also assured Imo residents of his commitment and desire to grow an enviable economy in the South East region and Nigeria in general.
Those present at the signing of the Bill repealing the Law on Pensions, Allowances and Gratuities include the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prof. Placid Njoku; the Deputy Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Amara Iwuanyanwu; the Majority Leader, Uche Ogbuagu, as well as other members of Imo State House of Assembly.
Some members of the State Executive Council also graced the occasion.