SERAP Asks Gov Dickson to Reject Life Pension for Bayelsa Lawmakers

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Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, to reject the proposed life pension bill sponsored by the leader of the House, Hon. Peter Akpe and prevail on them to withdraw the self-serving bill.

The Politico had last week reported the passage of the bill that offered the governor, his deputy and state lawmakers life pension.

Under the new bill, the speaker will smile home N500,000.00 monthly while his deputy would receive N200,000.00 while the 24 other members will get N100,000.00 monthly.

The House is seeking life pension similar to those applicable to the president, his vice, governor and their deputy.

SERAP in an open letter to the Governor argued that public officers have legal obligation to discharge public duty truthfully and faithfully. Should the Governor accent the bill, SERAP said, they would institute a legal action to challenge it.

The letter was signed by SERAP Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare.

The group argued that the “bill amounts to an improper performance of public functions. It is clearly an abuse of legislative functions by the lawmakers”.

Rather than sponsoring bill to increase access to education by Bayelsa children, SERAP says the lawmakers are abusing the privilege entrusted to him by the electorate.

SERAP further argued that in the bill, the lawmakers are the major beneficiaries. By pressing the life pension bill, SERAP said, the legislators have violated the constitutional and international prohibitions on conflicts of interest.