Abia State Assembly Passes Bill To Stop Pension For Ex-Governors, Deputies

Former governors and deputies from Abia state will no longer receive pension benefits after the expiration of their tenures. The Abia House of Assembly passed a bill on Tuesday to halt the payment of pensions to former governors and their deputies in the state. Sponsored by Hon. Uchanna Okoro, the Majority Leader and member Representing Arochukwu State Constituency, the bill is titled: “A Bill for a Law to Revoke The Abia State Governors and Deputy Governors Pensions Law No 4 of 2001 and for other Matters connected in addition to that.”

The Speaker, Mr. Emmanuel Emeruwa, announced the passage of the bill after its first and second readings, consideration at the committee of the whole, and third reading during the day’s plenary. He congratulated members on the development, highlighting that the bill would curtail the state’s governance expenses and redirect resources towards development initiatives.

Once the governor assents to the bill, it will be known as the “Abia State Governors and Deputy Governor’s (Repeal) Law 2024.” The Speaker stated that the bill would take effect immediately upon its enactment, starting from Tuesday, March 19, 2024.