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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

All Pension paid to Senate President has been returned, says Kwara SSG

The Secretary to Kwara State Government (SSG), Alhaji Isiaka Gold, on Wednesday said Senate President, Bukola Saraki has restored all monies paid to him as benefits back to the coffers of the state government.

The SSG made this known on Wednesday in Ilorin in a press articulation issued to clear up the issue of Saraki's annuity being paid by the state government.

As per him, Saraki, who was a two-term legislative head of the state, has prevented accepting annuity from the state since August 2015.

The SSG did not state what amount was come back to government coffers, however said a letter dated Aug 20, 2015 by the Senate President additionally coordinated that cash credited to his record for annuity be discounted to the legislature. 

"Dr Saraki asked for that the installment of benefits to his record be ceased and the sum officially attributed to the record be discounted to the Government, the State Government quickly went along.

"The Government not just ceased the installment of the said annuity, the sum officially paid into Dr Saraki's record since he cleared out office was deducted from the cash owed to him and in addition his other extraordinary legitimate qualifications," Gold included.

As indicated by him, Saraki is qualified for the cash he returned as gave in the third calendar, Paragraph D (i) of the Governor and Deputy Governor ((installment of benefits) Law, No. 12 of 2010 of Kwara State.

He said that separated from Saraki, other previous governors and their agents were qualified for benefits as gave by the law.

"It ought to be noticed that neither the Kwara State Government nor Dr Bukola Saraki disregarded the state benefits law or some other law so far as that is concerned.

"The State Pension Law engages the State Government to pay benefits to previous Governors of the State," Gold pushed.

The SSG said the Senate President ought to be lauded for his choice to forsake his legitimate privileges.

"It is the expectation of the state government that this elucidation will end all the debate about this issue," he included.

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