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Gov. Akpabio Reportedly Seeks N100 Million Medical Retirement Gov. Akpabio Reportedly Seeks N100 Million Medical Retirement Benefit
Posted on Monday, May 26th, 2014 at 6:06 PM
By BellaNaija.com



Governor of Akwa Ibom, Godswill Akpabio, has reportedly presented a bill to the State House of Assembly asking to be paid N100 million every year for his medical bills, as part of his pensions package.

He is allegedly proposing that this pensions package should be available to not just him, but also to all elected former governors and deputy governors of the state, Punch reports.

According to the bill, the beneficiaries must have held office as a democratically elected governor or deputy governor of former Cross River State or as a democratically elected governor or deputy governor of the state. The bill also makes provisions for a “furniture allowance of 300 per cent of annual basic salary once in every four years.”

Here are excerpts from the bill:

“…the person upon ceasing to hold the said office, shall be entitled to “Pension for life at a rate equivalent to the salary of the incumbent governor or deputy governor respectively.

A new official car and a utility vehicle once in every four years, one personal aide and the provision of adequate security for his person during his lifetime at the expense of government;

Provision of funds to employ a cook, chauffeurs and security guards for the governor at a sum not exceeding N5 million (or the equivalent of $50,000) per month and N2 million per month for the deputy governor;

Provision of free medical services for his person and spouse at a sum not exceeding N100 million per annum for the governor and N30 million per annum for the deputy governor.

Provision of a befitting house not below a five-bedroom maisonette in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja or Akwa Ibom State for the governor and a yearly accommodation allowance of 300 per cent of annual basic salary for the deputy governor.

Provision of yearly maintenance and fuelling of vehicle allowance of 300 per cent of annual basic salary;

Provision of severance gratuity of 300 per cent of annual basic salary as at the time the officer leaves office;

Yearly utility allowance of 100 per cent of annual basic salary;

Provision of entertainment allowance of 100 per cent of annual basic salary.”

In addition, the bill states that when the beneficiary passes away, the state will bear all financial costs of burial arrangements, and also pay an allowance of an amount equivalent to the annual basic salary of the incumbent to his next of kin.

Also, one surviving spouse is to be provided with medical allowances of up to N12 million annually provided that such spouse was married to the governor at the time he or she was in office.

According to reports, the House is considering passing the bill today.

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So much money :crazy:

Is the President of the United States entitled to half of these things upon leaving office :lol:

Why does a governor need a place in Abuja? And this Bill is retroactive too :cripes:
 

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Well in a country with a billion flaws and crooks like Nigeria we should take it like a bitter drug at least he performed. One of my friend from Akwa Ibom who just came back to Houston was blown away by the development happening in that state.If every Governor in Nigeria can loot at a minimum level and perform like Akpabio at this point in time in Nigeria development it is good enough. It is not ideal but It is still a better trade off than other governors looting away and retiring with billions of naira in thier foreign accounts with no kind of development to show for in their respective states.
 

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Well in a country with a billion flaws and crooks like Nigeria we should take it like a bitter drug at least he performed. One of my friend from Akwa Ibom who just came back to Houston was blown away by the development happening in that state.If every Governor in Nigeria can loot at a minimum level and perform like Akpabio at this point in time in Nigeria development it is good enough. It is not ideal but It is still a better trade off than other governors looting away and retiring with billions of naira in thier foreign accounts with no kind of development to show for in their respective states.
Here is the problem, they are still looting. Just because they are getting more legally does not mean that they are no longer looting.
 

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The former governor Attah passed a similar bill a year before his exit from office in 2006. When Akpabio assumed office he refused to honor the bill/act and did not pay the outstanding remuneration to the former governor.
I am not perturbed by this news, because we all know that in Nigeria Passing a law and following it are two different things, Akpabio has done well as a governor, but this monstrosity in retirement benefit will be treated the same way he treated the 2006 governor and deputy governors retirement act, by his successor.
This is not the end, that law will be repealed by the next administration or simply not be followed.
And by the way this is not peculiar to Akwa Ibom every state should check what their ex- politicians are getting as retirement benefit.
Its a Nigerian disease called corruption by the elites that needs to be nipped in the bud, before it kills us all.
 

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I still think its too much as well. But I'm not surprised they'll justify it :laugh:
 

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At least these guys are answering to pressure. Though I think it's only going to change with the next governor
 

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Of course they are answering because the Bill sailed through with little opposition.

Quite frankly its time that these politicians are forced to have salaries/benefits pegged to inflation.
 

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Yes like in congress by law pay raises only affect the incoming congress, checks and balances.
 

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Yep...I still remember from High School US History :lol:


The Twenty-seventh Amendment, also known as "Article the Second" of the Bill of Rights as proposed by the Congress, provides that any change in congressional salaries may take effect only after the intervention of the next election of members of the United States House of Representatives, which occurs in November of even-numbered years. It was intended as an addition to Article I, Section 6, Clause 1 of the Constitution,

The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States.

and thus serves as a restraint on the power of Congress to set its own salary, without any accountability to the electorate.
 
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AKWA Ibom State governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, has sent a bill to the state House of Assembly, requesting that the section of the Pension Act which pegged the amount former governors and deputies could spend annually on medical bills to N100 million and N50 million respectively be expunged and reverted to status quo.

This, he said, was done after due consideration of the stance of the opposition in misinforming members of the public.

“It is my hope that with the excision of these sections from the amendment, the agents of falsehood would lift their siege on truth and not distract the good people of this state from the task of the uncommon transformation of our dear state.

“Let them remember that I am not a governorship candidate. Instead of firing brickbats at me, let them tell the good people of Akwa Ibom State their plans for the state,” Akpabio said.

The governor, who disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Lagos, on Tuesday, said “because of the sponsored media comments and misinformation by few opposition elements in the state, and because this government is a product of the people, we have, as a government, decided to forward a request to the House of Assembly that those areas which the opposition have capitalised upon to misinform the people be expunged and the former law that had been in existence be made to remain.”

According to Akpabio, “in the last few weeks, truth has come under siege by agents of falsehood in Akwa Ibom State. The good people of the state have been unfortunately subjected to the most unkind political gimmick in the history of our state over the amendment of a 16-year-old law.

“This tidal wave of propaganda, misinformation, lies, falsehood, mischief and cynicism, we fear, may already have sucked in some unsuspecting members of the public, who lack the ability to appreciate the salient points of this law and its ennobling attributes.”

Speaking further, Akpabio noted that “The governors and deputy governors pension law was first enacted in 1998 as the Special Grant (Former Chief Executives) Edict. It was amended in 1999 by the Special Grant (Former Chief Executives (Amendment) Edict of 1999) and was retained in Cap. 122 Laws of Akwa Ibom State 2000. It was amended in 2002 by the Governors and Deputy Governors Pension Law 2002, which was later repealed by the Governors and Deputy Governors Pension Law 2006 assented to by my predecessor in office on April 26, 2007.”

The governor said “in the course of its implementation, we noticed a lacuna in the 2007 law, particularly on account of its open-endedness in the provisions relating to the medical expenses and provision of funds for the employment of domestic staff for former governors and deputy governors and, working with the House of Assembly, we sought to protect the law from abuse by putting a ceiling on the medical expenses for the treatment of these senior citizens of Akwa Ibom State.

“The ceiling, which was pegged at N100 million per annum for former governors and N50 million per annum for former deputy governors, was never meant to be given either in part or in whole to anybody at anytime for any reason. It was meant to be paid to health institutions involved in the treatment of the former governors or former deputy governors and their spouses.

“It was, therefore, deliberate falsehood and organised misinformation to claim that the said money will be paid to former governors or deputy governors every year. This has never been the practice and the amendment has added nothing to give credence to this obviously politicised orchestration.”

Former governors and deputy governors and their spouses who were not sick, Akpabio noted, “were not to receive a dime from the fund. These sums, which were for the governors and the deputy governor’s medical treatment, suffered the most bashing from a mischievous vocal minority who sought to reap political capital out of it. In their frenzied desperation, they even claimed that the law was made for my personal benefit. They lost sight of the fact that I am not among the beneficiaries, as I am not on pension,” he noted.

He noted further that “the other sickening claim was that we excluded some categories of eligible former deputy governors and governors. This is absolutely incorrect.

“Since the Governors and Deputy Governors Pension Law 2006 referred to above, a new eligibility provision beyond just being a former governor or deputy governor of Akwa Ibom State origin was introduced by the last administration, whereby certain persons who served in these two offices and who would otherwise have benefited from the pension were excluded on account of resignation, otherwise than on health grounds, impeachment or holding office for a period less than three years.

“Section 3 of the 2006 version of the law attests to this, and this provision, retained in Section 3 of the 2014 version of the law has attracted unsavory comments as though it was a new provision just inserted.”

Akpabio condemned the media attack on the members of the Assembly, saying: “I reject in its entirety the unwarranted condemnation of this altruistic amendment. I am deeply saddened by the vilification of the members of the House of Assembly for undertaking a course of action, which we, as a state, should applaud.”
 
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