Otti signs law scrapping pension largesse for Abia ex-governors, deputies

* Ends era of ‘self interest’

Abia State governor, Dr. Alex Otti, has signed into law a bill to repeal the payment of pensions to former governors and their deputies. The law was first enacted by the immediate past administration under Dr Okezie Ikpeazu.

The Executive Bill, passed by the State House of Assembly on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, is now known as the “Abia State Governors and Deputy Governors Pensions (Repeal) Law, 2024.”

Signing the new law on Thursday, Governor Otti said government is not about self-interest, adding that self-interest destroys government.

“Even before this new law came into place, a lot of people who have followed our views in the national discuss understand that we were not going to continue the practice of paying pensions and allowances to this set of former government officials,” governor Otti said.

Meanwhile, a former Governor, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has clarified that he did not receive any pension payment from his successor in office, Senator Theodore Orji.

Similarly, the immediate past governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has also denied receiving pension payment since leaving office in May, 2023.

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