The Bayelsa state chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC), has condemned a proposed life pension bill passed by the state House of Assembly, describing the bill as “self-serving” and an “unspeakable crime against the people of Bayelsa state.”
Backstory: The PDP dominated state House of Assembly, had proposed and approved a life pension bill on Wednesday, which catered to speakers, deputy speakers and other members of the House.
- N500,000 post service monthly pension was approved for speakers of the house, while deputy speakers will get N200,000 and regular members are to be paid N100,000.
APC calls out lawmakers: Reacting to the new bill which the lawmakers hope will become law, APC’s Publicity Secretary, Doife Buokoribo, in a statement on Thursday, said the bill will enhance the lives of the lawmakers, at the expense of Bayelsans.
“APC Bayelsa completely rejects this life pension bill for members of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly,” the statement read.
The party also stated that the bill reveals the true color of the legislators, as it is evident they feel no concern for their constituents and a vast majority of Bayelsans who live in pain and penury.
While he called on the lawmakers to withdraw the bill, he also asked Governor Seriake Dickson to reject it if they remain dogged. If all these fails, Buokoribo, stated that the power ultimately lies with the people, and as such, a peaceful campaign resisting the bill should be organized.
Bayelsa lawmakers say the bill originated from the executive: The majority leader of the Bayelsa assembly, Peter Akpe, has said that the bill was actually sent by the executive arm led by Governor Seriake Dickson, and the lawmakers could not reject it.
- Ekpe told the BBC that the proposed pensions for lawmakers won’t affect the expenditure of the state as the amount is small.