By Haruna Salami
As the controversy over the repeal of the law authorizing pension to former governors, deputy governors and speakers and deputy speakers of the Zamfara state rages, Hon. Ahmed Mohammed Bakura has applauded the state government for taking the bold step.
Honourable Bakura representing Maradun federal constituency of Zamfara state who gave the commendation in a chat with newsmen at the National Assembly, Abuja said there are people who were denied pension and gratuity by former administration of Abdulaziz Abubakar Yari and some have since lost their lives.
According to the lawmaker, former governor Yari was “selfish” for enacting the law on pension for past governors of the state just two months to the time he left office in May 2019.
“There are those who were denied payment of pension for many years.
I retired four years ago, I’m also a victim, I have not been paid my pension. Instead of assisting the people being owed who are languishing in poverty to get paid, they were busy enacting law for themselves.
“The former governor wrote to the state government to pay him his pension, whereas there are others being owed pension and gratuity during his government, some were sacked by the Yari’s government, others have died”, Bakura said.
He observed that the law repealing the authorization of pension to former governors and others was in order, otherwise “he (Yari’s) would continue to enjoy fat pension for himself not minding the citizens”.
Speaking on the trial of the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Ibrahim Danmaliki Gidangoga, former commissioner under Yari, who was remanded in prison custody on the order of the Sharia Court in Gusau, he berated the former commissioner for alleged defamation and incitement.
“You see he was trying to incite the people, whereas, the people are happy with the government. You will recall that during the immediate past administration, kidnapping, killing, banditry and other social vices were rife until the coming of this government”.
The lawmaker also hailed the launch of Zamfara State Social Investment Programme (ZASIP) where over 8000 youth are going to be engage in various sectors of the state economy, saying “most of the people are battling with unemployment. With this programme the youth will be gainfully employed and eliminate banditry” he added.