Enugu Assembly Suspends Controversial Bill Seeking Pension For Governors, Their Wives

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

The Enugu State House of Assembly has suspended the bill seeking review in pension for former governors and their deputies.

There was a public outcry after the bill scaled first reading last week.

The bill was however unanimously stepped down by members of the assembly when it came up at the plenary on Tuesday.

It was stepped down following a motion by the Leader of the House and Sponsor of the bill, Ikechukwu Ezugwu who said that though the bill was not out of place, there was need to listen to the demands of the people.

While adding that there was need to consult widely on the issue, Ezugwu urged his colleagues to listen to the outcry of their constituents.

Ezugwu’s motion was seconded by the Deputy Leader of the House, Onyinye Ugwu, who also asked the assembly members to respect the wish of the people.

Commenting on the motion, Speaker of the Assembly, Edward Ubosi, said there are certain unconstitutional provisions in the bill such as the payment of salaries to spouses of former Governors and their deputies.

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