Dickson makes U-turn on jumbo life for Bayelsa Lawmakers

Dickson makes U-turn on jumbo life  for Bayelsa Lawmakers

Indications emerged on Monday that Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, has declined assent to a bill seeking life Pension for members of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly. The bill was recently forwarded to him after passage by the legislture. Dickson had summoned the leaders and the members of the assembly to his farm in Toru Orua

Indications emerged on Monday that Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, has declined assent to a bill seeking life Pension for members of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly.

The bill was recently forwarded to him after passage by the legislture.

Dickson had summoned the leaders and the members of the assembly to his farm in Toru Orua to have a consultative meeting with them.

The summon is on the heels of pressure on the governor to decline assent to a controversial bill on life pension to members of state Assembly.

Dickson has been under pressure from all quarters to decline assent to the bill.

The controversial bill, sponsored by the leader of the House, Peter Akpe, approved N500,000 post-service monthly pension to the speakers of the assembly, while deputy Speakers will receive N200,000 while members are expected to get N100,000.

The bill specifically provided that former lawmakers, including persons of Bayelsa origin who served in the old Rivers State, would enjoy life pensions for their services in the State as applicable to former presidents, Vice-Presidents, Governors and deputy governors across the Country.

To qualify for the Speakership pension of N500, 000 monthly, the official must have served for two years and above.

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