Why Delta won’t copy Lagos to abolish pension payments to ex-govs, deputies —Okowa

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Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has said his administration has no plan to stop pensions of past governors and their deputies like his Lagos State counterpart, Babajide Sanwo-Olu proposed to do while presenting the state’s budget to the assembly on Tuesday.

Okowa, who stated this on Wednesday in Asaba, stressed that his counterpart in Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, may have reasons to repeal theirs.

He said, “There is an existing law in Delta State on what accrued to the governors and their deputies, that I don’t want to touch.

“We are not thinking in that direction, my counterpart in Lagos may have reasons why he wants the law repealed but we in Delta don’t want to go into that.

“I don’t want to comment on the decision of Lagos State Governor. Each state has the power to make a decision concerning its governance.”

On the approval given to Zamfara State Government to manage their resources by the Federal government, Okowa said the South-South governors will meet with Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff to President, President Muhammadu Buhari (retd), to address the issue.

“That’s why South-South governors are insisting on restructuring and for us to manage our resources.

“We will be meeting with the President’s Chief of Staff on Friday in Port -Harcourt, so we believe our voice should be heard.

“If FG should allow Zamfara to manage their resources, South-South should be also be allowed to manage our own,” he said.