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SERAP condemns life pension for Ex-governors

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has condemned life pension for ex-governors, calls it unjust.

SERAP disclosed this on its verified Twitter handle  on Tuesday

According to the advocacy group, former governors in Nigeria have collected more than N400bn in life pensions across the 36 states from 1999 till date.

SERAP added by saying that the excessive spending on ex-governors, is a crime against humanity and that Nigerians deserves better than this.

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“Nigeria’s former state governors have collected more than N400bn in life pensions across several of the 36 states. since 1999. They’re still collecting!

“We have so many reasons to keep fighting to end this travesty and crime against humanity.

“Nigeria deserves better than this.

The group also said, at a glance some ex-governors across the 36 states of the country, enjoy the following as benefits:

“1.5-bedroom houses in their states and Abuja plus house maintenance allowances

2.Furniture allowance

3.Six cars every three years

4.Free healthcare anywhere in the world for governors and family members

5.300% of annual basic salary

6. Three new official cars every four years [in some states]

7. Utility allowance

8. Personal assistants, cooks, and drivers for life [yes, for life!]

9. Protection for life by policemen and DSS [yes, at Nigerians’ expense]

10. Entertainment allowances

11. Severance gratuity.

The group further stated that: “LIFE PENSION FOR EX-GOVS IS UNJUST

LIFE PENSION FOR EX-GOVS IS ILLEGAL

LIFE PENSION FOR EX-GOVS IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

LIFE PENSION FOR EX-GOVS IS A TRAVESTY

LIFE PENSION FOR EX-GOVS IS CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY

LIFE PENSION FOR EX-GOVS IS UNJUST

#StopLifepension4Govs

@MBuhari.”

SERAP had also filed a lawsuit against Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health and Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), over “their failure to account for the public funds and other resources so far spent and used to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.”

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