Bello Muhammad Matawalle, the new governor of Zamfara, has alleged that the former governor, Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar, paid himself N360 million from the state’s pension funds while retirees were made to battle the consequences.
Online reporters couldn’t get Yari’s reaction to the allegation, but it is reported that the state House of Assembly recently repealed a law that gave the former governor the legal right to earn N10 million monthly after leaving office.
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Matawalle lamented that Yari paid himself the amount while leaving an accumulation of pension and gratuity for local government workers, and primary school teachers to the tune of N3 billion while the government’s retired employees are owed N3 billion.
“What moral justification could be offered for such a Jumbo package for a select few when the social index has consistently indicated that the majority of our population lives in abject poverty?” The governor asked.
Speaking on Wednesday, November 27, while approving to the repealed law brought to Matawalle by the state’s speaker, Nasiru Muazu Magarya, and others, the governor said Yari made the payment to himself just before leaving the office.
Matawalle stated that the former governor only paid selected permanent secretaries. Remembering how Yari sent him a letter demanding N10 million as a monthly allowance, the governor said:
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“I called my deputy, the state assembly speaker and his deputy and asked them whether they need such mind-boggling allowances and they all answered in negative”.
“Then, we decided to repeal the law backing the payment and I have assented to it”.
The governor also stated that with the repeal of the law, it would be difficult for his successors to come up with such in government with the aim of causing further struggles on the people.