SLASH OUTRAGEOUS SALARIES & PENSIONS OF NIGERIAN POLITICIANS!

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Twenty-one (21) Senators are currently receiving pensions from government as ex-governors and deputy governors.

Many former governors are also in Federal government's Cabinet as Ministers.

In Akwa Ibom State, the law provides that ex governors and deputy governors receive PENSION EQUIVALENT to the SALARIES of the INCUMBENT. The PACKAGE also includes a new official car and a utility vehicle EVERY FOUR (4) YEARS; one personal aide; a cook, chauffeurs and security guards for the governor at a sum not exceeding N5 million per month and N2.5 million for his deputy governor.

In Rivers, the law provides 100 percent of annual basic salaries for the ex-governor and deputy, one residential house for the former governor “anywhere of his choice in Nigeria”; one residential house anywhere in Rivers for the deputy, three cars for the ex-governor every four years and two cars for the deputy every four years.*

It's alledged that in Lagos, a former governor will get two houses, one in Lagos and another in Abuja, estimated at N500 million in Lagos and N700 million in Abuja. He also receives six new cars to be replaced every three years; a furniture allowance of 300 percent of annual salary to be paid every two years, and a N30 million pension annually for life.

This is the reality for all the 21 ex govenors and deputy governors who are currently serving as Senators. This same is also true of ex governors who are now serving as Ministers.

The question now is.. 

Even if they are entitled to pension for life, must it be so outrageous?

Why should any public servant collect salaries and allowances as a Senator or minister, and still CLAIM PENSIONS equivalent to the salaries of a serving governor in Nigeria?

IT ISN'T A ROCKET SCIENCE.

The moment you are elected a Senator or appointed a Minister, you MUST forfeit any pension accruing to you from government at any level until you vacate office. This should also apply to senators collecting military pensions.

Do you know that it costs tax payers 290m Naira yearly to maintain each member of our National Assembly in a country where nothing works, and 80% of population earn below 300 Naira a day ? A working day earning of a Senator is more than a yearly income of a doctor; it's more than the salary of 42 Army Generals or 48 professors or 70 Commissioners of Police or more than twice the pay of the US President or 9 times the salary of US congressmen.

It's high time the country had a referendum on excessive salaries of POLITICAL OFFICE holders.

DO THE MATH, SIGN THE PETITION AND SHARE WITH YOUR NETWORK. LET'S CHANGE THIS ABSURDITY. 

 

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