Senate President, Bukola Saraki Refund Pensions To Kwara State Government and No Longer Receive Pension Again
The Government of Kwara State has said that the Ex-governor and currently the Senate President of Nigeria, Senator Bukola Saraki is not receiving pension from the state again.
With respect to the press release by the Punch newspaper, this was announced in a statement by Isiaka Gold, the Secretary to the Kwara State Government.
The state secretary added that the pensions which has been paid already to the Senate president, Bukola Saraki has been refunded to the state government.
Sen. Saraki had in an interview said he is not receiving pension from Kwara State where he was a two-term governor.
Isiaka Gold, in his statement, said as a two term governor, Saraki is entitled to a pension as stipulated by the Third Schedule, Paragraph D (i) of the Governor and Deputy Governor (payment of pension) Law, No. 12 of 2010 of Kwara State.
He said the pensions have been remitted into Saraki’s account, as it is usually done.
He said he received a letter dated August 20, 2015, where Saraki requested that the state stop paying him pension, and the ones already paid be deducted from his account.
The government did not only stop the payment of the said pension, the amount already paid into Saraki’s account since he left office was deducted from the money owed to him as well as his other outstanding lawful entitlements.
Asked how much the senate president had refunded, the Kwara State Commissioner for Finance Demola Banu, and the Senior Special Assistant to the Kwara State Governor on Media and Communication Muyideen Akorede said efforts were being made to determine the total amount.
“I am making efforts to get the actual amount from the Secretary to the Kwara State Government, Alhaji Isiaka Gold.”