By Ikeugonna Eleke
The Anambra State Government says any review of its pension law for former governors and their deputies will not be the sole decision of the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano.
This is coming on the heels of the decision by Lagos, Kwara and Zamfara States to scrap such payment because of lack of funds.
The state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba, who spoke to Fides, said the matter was not an issue and that he could speak on it without consulting his boss.
The commissioner however said that Anambra State practiced democracy, and, as such, since there was a law backing the payment of pensions to former governors and deputy governors, it would be unfair for the governor to single handedly wake up and scrap it without going through the normal processes and making consultations.
‘Anambra, as you know, is a very democratic state. There is a law backing that payment, and if the governor will scrap it, then he will discuss it with the executive council members. I have not discussed it with him, so I cannot give you a categorical answer whether he would scrap it or not.
‘For people like Obiano and the former governor, Mr Peter Obi, I am sure they will not feel it if the payment is scrapped because they were wealthy before they became governors, but there are some among the ex-governors who are not.
‘My personal opinion is that the law should stay, and ex-governors should be paid something reasonable and not humongous sums that sound outrageous. It may interest you to know that since Obiano became governor, he channeled his salaries to charity, and I am sure when he becomes a former governor, he may still be channeling his pension for the same purpose,’ Adinuba said.