Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
The Majority Leader of the Delta state House of Assembly, Mr Tim Owhefere has said that the amended Governor and Deputy Governor including Former Acting Governor Pension Right Law was in full accordance with the Constitution, saying that the hue and cry by Deltans that it was wrong was out of place.
Recall that the passage of the amended Governor, Deputy Governor including Former Acting Governor Pension Right Law few days ago generated ripples by many Deltans who described the Delta Assembly as rubber stamp with its lawmakers not doing enough to represent the people of the state.
Expectedly, the Pension Right Law was titled: “ Delta state Governor and Deputy Governor Pension Rights and Other Benefits Law, 2019, the Law significantly provided for Former Acting Governors to receive life pension and other benefits, including free medical treatment and sponsored annual vacations.
But the Majority Leader who spoke to our reporter at the weekend in response to mixed feelings trailing the law said” that former Acting Governors are to enjoy life pension is a constitutional Provision and unless the Constitution is amended, the House of Assembly has the power to make such laws’”describing the hue and cry of the public as being hyprocritical, adding that even civil servants who might end up serving as Permeant Secretary for a short period of time enjoy life long pension.
He said” we did not anyway passed a law that granted them outrageous money biil but the aim, rather is to help them keep themselves together even after service”, explaining that the monthly take home of the pensioners was not more than N350,000 ,a situation he added informed the lawmakers to have proceeded to pass the amended bill into law. According to him, “ proposing N200million as pension for former Acting Governors is Fraudulent and Cannot stand, the Intent of the Constitution is not to cart away with huge sums and make people richer out of service” Meanwhile, the state Communities sharing boundaries with Edo state namely’,Obiaruku and Owa Abbi have raised the alarm over a new wave of encroachment into their farm lands from the neighbouring state and have called on the state government to intervene urgently before it gets out of control.
Speaking to Journalists in Asaba at the weekend on behalf of the Communities, Charles Imala however requested the urgent attention from the state government and the National Boundary Commission, leaders of the affected Communities, disclosing that the Edo state had contracted their own part of the lands to a company to replant economic trees which had encroached on the part of the disputed area in Delta state.
He said that from investigation, the plan of Edo Communities and the Company is to push the boundary between the two states to the bank of the Ethiope River which they said will not be possible as the boundary between the Communities had never been determined by the River, even when the two states were old Bendel state.