How Akpabio’s scandalous pension law compares with ex-Gov. Attah’s version

Akwa Ibom Governor, Godswill Akpabio

Of all the states’ pension laws, the most outrageous is clearly that by Governor, Godswill Akpabio.

More than a dozen states out of Nigeria’s 36 have laws allowing their governors perpetuate their stranglehold on their states’ resources.

The laws are often hurriedly packaged and put in place by the state governors – in collusion with their rubberstamp state assemblies- few months before they leave office.

Lagos and Rivers States, under Ahmed Tinubu and Peter Odili respectively, were amongst the first states to approve such laws, designed specifically to allow the former state executives live off public purse in perpetuity.

Of all the versions yet, the most outrageous is clearly that by the current Akwa Ibom State governor, Godswill Akpabio, reported exclusively this week by PREMIUM TIMES.

The law, which was hurriedly passed by the state assembly within a week of receiving it from Mr. Akpabio, allows the governor to pocket hundreds of million naira yearly after he leaves office.

Akwa Ibom is one of Nigeria’s richest states, but has one of the country’s worst unemployment situations.

Still, Mr. Akpabio is not the pioneer of the luxury law even in Akwa Ibom State. Former governor, Victor Attah, proposed and approved one in 2000, just a year after taking office. The passage of the new version will automatically repeal the old.

The difference between the two laws lies in their rates. Mr. Akpabio, notorious for an unbridled appetite for wasting public funds, wants the benefits at outlandish proportions.

Here are some differences/similarities of the two laws:

1. The two bills give “pension for life” to former governors and deputy governors at rates equivalent to their salaries when in office.

2. Attah’s version gives one official car, one personal aide, and “adequate” security. Akpabio’s bill also gives one personal aide, adequate, and one official car; but adds a utility vehicle every four years.

3. Attah’s law wants “funds” for ex-governor to hire a cook, a chauffeur and two security guards. Akpabio’s law demands same privileges but gives a price tag: N5 million (or $50,000).

The math behind that figure is puzzling: even where two cooks, two chauffeurs are hired, in addition to as much as 10 security guards (Attah’s law says two guards), and say the 14 workers are paid as much as N200,000 monthly(an impossible rate), the total personnel cost will cost N2.8 million(less than N5million).

4. Attah’s law provides for free medical services for a former governor and spouse. Akpabio’s version says the governor is entitled to N100million ($600,000) worth of medical service. Simply put, the governor will draw that amount yearly.

6. Attah’s law makes no provision for a house for the governor. Akpabio demands at least “5-bedroom maisonette” in Abuja or Akwa Ibom for the governor. The deputy governor is given no house, but 300% of annual basic salary for accommodation.

7. Akpabio provides 300% furniture allowance, 300% vehicle maintenance and fuelling, (Both earned severance gratuity of 300% salary), yearly utility of 100%, and entertainment allowance of 100%. Attah’s version of the law has none of these.

8. Both laws say the state will bear the cost of funeral of ex-governors while condolence allowance- equivalent to salary- is paid to next of kin.

9. Then, Akpabio’s version stipulates free medical services for himself and his wife at a sum not exceeding N100 million or an equivalent of $600,000.00. His wife is also to enjoy a N12 million medical allowance in case she survives him.

Download Victor Attah’s Pension Law Here
Download Godswill Akpabio’s Amended Version Here


This post is supported by the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme, funded by DFID and managed by a consortium led by the British Council



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  • Kk

    Thief Thief

  • dele

    He is a greedy man Look at his oversized mandibles like the pincers of a scorpion king

  • Chima

    PT please provide facts to every assertions you make. sic”Akwa Ibom is one of Nigeria’s richest states, but has one of the country’s worst unemployment situations”. Where are the facts?

    • Makadee

      Whether they are the richest Nation on earth and not even a single soul in Akwa Ibom State is unemployed, this is outrageous. The fact remains that this was passed into law and that is verifiable. Your demand for the unemployment data is infinitesimal and shows a lack of the ability of separating the big picture from the accidents.

      • Chima

        Nobody in his right is doubting the vulgarity of this legislation, however one of the cardinal pillars of journalism is education. My daughter who is 12 read this article and raised those points which is quite unsupported factually. While trying to vilify we shouldn’t state outright untruths.

  • Dr.Dan

    How can a man be this greedy? and he is not even ashamed.

  • Utaewa

    @Chima, are you not aware Akwa Ibom receives the highest in Derivation Fund monthly from the Federation Account? Akwa Ibom collects more than what all the South-East states collect. Go and check out from the Federal Ministry of Finance. I wonder why some of you come here to celebrate ignorance. Nigerians should rise up and challenge rouge politicians, not only in Akwa Ibom but all over the country.

    • oskirin

      My broda,u av said it all.God will bless u unlimited.amen.some of us dnt knw hw 2 address issues whn we r bn confronted wit it.jus imagine wht dt kind of money will do 2 d unemployed in d thief dey worry am.God bless u 1nce again.

  • Makadee

    I wonder why this news is not attracting the required umbrage and outrage it demands. Could it be that Nigerians have accepted their fate of being the scums of the earth? Every living soul should rise and kill this bill and its ilk wherever they exist in this country. WEEP FOR NIGERIA.