Saraki has returned pension paid to him — KWSG
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.”
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.