Saraki has re­turned pen­sion paid to him — KWSG

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Romoke W. Ah­mad, Ilorin

The Kwara State Govern­ment yes­ter­day said all amounts paid as pen­sion to Se­nate Pres­i­dent Bukola Saraki as a for­mer gover­nor of the state have been re­turned to the state cof­fers.

The Sec­re­tary to the State Govern­ment (SSG), Al­haji Isi­aka S. Gold, dis­closed this yes­ter­day in a state­ment to clar­ify is­sues sur­round­ing pay­ment of pen­sion to Saraki.

The Se­nate Pres­i­dent had re­cently said that he had asked the Kwara State Govern­ment to stop pay­ing him pen­sion as a for­mer gover­nor. And in the state­ment by the SSG, the state govern­ment said, “Dr Saraki, as a twoterm gover­nor, is en­ti­tled to pen­sion as stip­u­lated by the 3d Sched­ule, Para­graph D (i) of the Gover­nor and Deputy Gover­nor (Pay­ment of Pen­sion) Law, No. 12 of 2010 of Kwara State.

“The said pen­sion has been duly re­mit­ted to his ac­count, like other for­mer gov­er­nors since he left of­fice but when via a let­ter dated 20th Au­gust 2015 ad­dressed to the state govern­ment, Dr Saraki re­quested that the pay­ment of pen­sion to his ac­count be stopped and the amount al­ready cred­ited to the ac­count be re­funded to the govern­ment, the state govern­ment promptly com­plied. The govern­ment not only stopped the pay­ment of the said pen­sion, the amount al­ready paid into Dr Saraki’s ac­count since he left of­fice was de­ducted from the money owed to him as well as his other out­stand­ing law­ful en­ti­tle­ments.”

Photo: Felix Onig­binde

From right: Act­ing Pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo; Chief of Staff, Al­haji Abba Kyari; Head of Civil Ser­vice of the Fed­er­a­tion, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita; and Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser, Brig.-Gen. Baba­gana Monguno at the Fed­eral Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil meet­ing in Abuja yes­ter­day.

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