Section 6 of the bill states: “Where a former governor or former deputy dies, the state government shall make adequate arrangement and bear the financial responsibility for his burial.
“It shall also pay a condolence allowance of a sum equivalent to the annual basic salary of the incumbent to the next of kin.’’
Section Four provides for “such other gratuity or allowances as may be provided by any other law” as may be entitled to a former governor other than what was stated in the bill.
In addition to the lifetime Annual Basic Salary (ABS) for an ex-governor, there is also a house maintenance allowance, an annual salary for five domestic staff and a vehicle allowance, each valued at 300 per cent of the ABS.
It provides three vehicles for an ex-governor to be replaced every four years as well as a personal assistant on salary Grade level 14.
There were also similar provisions for a former deputy governor who get 200 per cent of their ABS each for house allowance, vehicle allowance and annual salary for three domestic staff.
Speaking at the plenary Tuesday, March 16, Edward Ubosi, the speaker of the house, had said the Enugu lawmakers would “thoroughly go through it (the bill) to enable them to delete and add necessary sections to it.”
On the other hand, Ikechukwu Ezeugwu, Majority leader of the house, stated that the assembly would be guided by the views of their constituents when reconsidering the bill.
Ezeugwu who also noted that a public hearing would be held to ensure all opinions were considered, denied claims of the assembly being a “rubber stamp” legislative arm for Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
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