A federal high court in Lagos has asked the federal government to recover pensions and allowances received as ex-governors by former and serving senators.
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) disclosed what it calls a “landmark judgement” in a tweet on Wednesday.
The group sued the federal government two years ago over its “failure to stop former governors from receiving double pay and life pensions.”
Individuals named by SERAP as beneficiaries of this policy include Bukola Saraki, Godswill Akpabio, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Theodore Orji, Abdullahi Adamu, Sam Egwu, Shaaba Lafiagi, Joshua Dariye, Jonah Jang, and others.
The court also ordered attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami to institute appropriate legal action to challenge the legality of states’ laws permitting former governors, who are now senators and ministers to enjoy governors’ emoluments while drawing normal salaries and allowances in their new political offices.
The court adjourned till February the third, next year, for a report on compliance with the judgement.
Osun Retirees Protest Non-Payment Of Entitlements Since 2015
Retirees in Osun State under a state contributory pension scheme are protesting non-payment of their pension and gratuity for five years now.
The retirees demonstrated their displeasure with different placards, disrupted vehicular movement at the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi.
They say the state government had refused to pay their 30 months half-salary arrears (2016 till date), non-payment of gratuities (2015 till date) and non-payment of their monthly pensions since 2015.
Leader of the protests Niyi Adefare urged the Ife monarch to assist the helpless and some homeless senior citizens to get their entitlements.
He disclosed that despite their sickness and old age, the state government had neglected them.
Nigeria Records 790 New Cases Of Covid-19, 603 Deaths
Nigeria’s total coronavirus infections have risen to 26,484 on Wednesday after the Nigeria Center for Disease Control announced 790 new cases. The center also said more than ten thousand patients had been discharged and the death toll increased from 590 a day earlier to 603.
Delta State recorded the highest number of cases with a total of 166, followed closely by Lagos with 120 cases. 19 other states recorded new cases of coronavirus including the Federal Capital Territory.
Breaking: FG Increases Petrol Pump Price
The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) has on Wednesday increased the pump price of petrol to N140.80/143.80 per litre from N121.50 per litre.
In a circular signed by PPPRA Executive Secretary, Abdulkadir Saudi announcing the new retail price band to marketers “after a review of the prevailing market fundamentals in the month of June and considering marketers’ realistic operating costs, as much as practicable, we wish to advise a new PMS pump price band of N140.80 – 143.80/litre for the month of July, 2020.”
About a month ago, fuel marketers said they are really worried about a further reduction in oil prices because they are not involved in the decision-making process after the PPPRA announced another reduction in pump price to a hundred twenty-one naira per litre.
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