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SERAP commends Sanwo-Olu over move to abolish pensions for former govs, deputies ON NOVEMBER 10, 2020 7:13 PM IN NEWS , POLITICS


The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has
commended the Lagos state governor over move to repeal the
controversial law on pensions for former governors and deputies.
The non-governmental organisation, welcomed the development, noting
that it complied with the judgment by Justice Oguntoyinbo, Federal High
Court, Lagos in SERAP v. AGF, ordering the Nigerian Government to
recover pensions collected by ex-governors and their deputies and to
challenge the legality of pension laws in several states.

“SERAP welcomes the decision today by Governor of Lagos State,
Babajide Sanwo-Olu to repeal the Public Office Holder (Payment of
Pension Law 2007), which provides for payment of pension and other
entitlements to former Governors and their Deputies.
“This is a welcome development, as it complies with the judgment by
Justice Oguntoyinbo, Federal High Court, Lagos in SERAP v. AGF,
ordering the Nigerian Government to recover pensions collected by ex-
governors and their deputies and to challenge the legality of pension
laws in several states.
“SERAP urges the AGF Abubakar Malami, SAN to immediately fulfil his
promise to enforce the judgment in suit number FHC/L/CS/1497/2017 to
recover pensions already collected & challenge the legality of ALL life
pension laws in several states across the country.
“Mr Malami had in February 2020 asked SERAP to “send the full list of
former governors and ministers that have received and/or receiving
double pay and life pensions in order to enhance and ensure compliance
with the judgment of the court.”
“Mr Malami said: “I am writing to inform SERAP to furnish me with the
full list of the former governors and ministers which are affected by the
judgment by Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo, in order to enhance and
ensure compliance with the ruling. Please, treat with utmost urgency.”

“However, despite SERAP sending the list, Mr Malami has not taken
steps to enforce the judgment.
“While sending the list to Mr Malami, SERAP had said: “We welcome
your request for the full list of former governors and ministers. Any
further delay in the enforcement of the judgment will continue to
undermine the authority and integrity of the Nigerian judiciary.
“Nigerians cannot wait for you to take legal action to scrap states’
pension laws and fully recover the public funds collected.
“Immediate obedience to the judgment will be a victory for the rule, and
provide an impetus for the government’s anti-corruption fight.
“It will also be a rare piece of good news for the people of Nigeria as it
will send a powerful message to former governors and ministers that
have collected and/or collecting double pay that they will be held to
account for their actions and mark the end of state-level impunity.”