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It’s Needless Scrapping Abia Ex-gov Pension, We Never Benefited – Kalu, Others

The Abia State Governor’s and Deputy Governor’s Pensions Law number 4 of 2021 has been repealed by the Abia State House of Assembly.

 

According to a major officer of the House of Assembly, the former governors were covered by the repealed statute in a number of areas, including security, medical care, cooking, and stewardship.

 

The officer stated that the current governor will decide the pension amount, which is lifelong, and that “the state government will pay the family an amount equal to the deceased annual salary upon death.” The government bears the cost of all of these.

 

But previous state legislators and governors, like as Okezie Ikpeazu, Theodore Orji, and Orji Uzor Kalu, have disapproved of the bill, claiming that none of them had been getting pensions.

 

Reacting to the Assembly’s decision, one of Kalu’s aides said, “As a former governor of the state, T. A. Orji did not pay him (Kalu) a dime as pension and Okezie Ikpeazu continued in the same manner.”

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Similarly, Theodore Orji’s Liaison Officer, Ifeanyi Umere, said the ex-governor had not been receiving a pension.

 

“Throughout as the governor of Abia for eight years, T. A. Orji has not received any penny as pension,” he said, calling on the state Assembly to come out with any evidence available to them.

 

Similarly, Ikpeazu expressed disgust over the law, describing it as “obviously sponsored,” and “mischievously couched to give the false impression that Dr Ikpeazu is among former governors of the state currently receiving a pension from the Abia State Government”.

 

The bill titled “H.A.B 11, The Abia State Governor’s and Deputy Governor’s Pensions Law Repeal Bill 2024,” was sponsored by the Majority Leader and member for Arochukwu State Constituency, Mr Okoro Uchenna Kalu.

 

Speaking while announcing the passage of the bill, the Speaker, Chief Emmanuel Emeruwa, commended his colleagues for their understanding and cooperation adding that it was in line with the yearnings of the majority.

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