Akwa Ibom Assembly expunges scandalous N100 million medical allowance from Akpabio’s pension law

Godswill Akpabio

Akpabio is, however, unwilling to give up his request for a mansion in Uyo or Abuja and N12 million medical allowance for his wife.

Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, in an expeditious sitting on Friday; expunged the scandalous N100 million medical allowance from Governor Godswill Akpabio’s controversial pension law.

A source in the assembly, who pleaded not to be named for security reasons, said 11 out of the 26 members of the house carried out the amendment on the controversial law.

He said when it was obvious that the remaining 15 lawmakers would not turn up for the day’s sitting, the Speaker, Sam Ikon, described by some lawmakers as Governor Akpabio’s stooge, commenced proceeding on the amendment.

“I can tell you that only 11 lawmakers turned up for the sitting today. All the members were aware that the law will be amended today but I don’t know why many of them did not turn up.

“When it was obvious that the 15 members will not come, the speaker called for the bill to be read and it was immediately put through an amendment.

“The speaker was careful to ensure that a quorum was formed before calling for the amendment to be carried.”

It was further learnt that the amended bill was immediately forwarded by Mr. Ikon to Mr. Akpabio, who readily signed it into law during the weekend.

PREMIUM TIMES had exclusively exposed Mr. Akpabio’s plan to pocket a staggering N200 million, among other scandalous perks after leaving office in 2015.

The governor, reputed for wasting his state’s oil money and for making outrageous donations across the country while millions of his own people wallow in poverty and disease, had attempted to secretly pass the scandalous law.

But following the report, Nigerians from all walks of life had strongly criticized him and the state’s rubber stamp assembly for passing the law, which would further impoverish the people of his state.

A former Governor of the state, Victor Attah, had also challenged Mr. Akpabio to publish how much he had paid him (Mr. Attah) and past leaders of the state as pension.

Mr. Attah, who spoke in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES, also berated journalists, especially those who recently interviewed Mr. Akpabio for not asking him pertinent questions about his management of the state resources.

He said, “If Godswill Akpabio says he conceived the new law to put a ceiling to the expenses made on previous leaders of the state, somebody should have had the guts to ask him how much he has been paying to the past leaders.

“You journalists are afraid of Godswill Akpabio and that is why you have always shied away from asking some pertinent questions.”

Initially, Mr. Akpabio had scrambled to defend his action, buying prime time appearances on leading TV networks and sponsoring articles in national dailies to justify why he and his wife must live in mind-boggling opulence for the rest of their lives in a hugely indebted state where millions can’t find jobs.

A presenter in one of the private television stations, said to be a major beneficiary of Mr. Akpabio’s largesse, had come on air to defend the law, saying the governor was right to take any amount as pension “because he has done so much for the people.”

It, however, took the intervention of President Goodluck Jonathan to force the profligate governor to at least reverse the whooping N100 million annual medical benefit provided for in the law.

Mr. Jonathan, PREMIUM TIMES had exclusively reported, summoned Mr. Akpabio to the Villa and advised him to issue a statement to formally reverse the law.

Addressing journalists in Lagos, a flustered Mr. Akpabio said following nationwide outcry, he would request the state Assembly to immediately review the law, with a view to expunging one of its obnoxious provisions.

“This is a democracy and you must listen to the voice of the people,” Mr. Akpabio said. “What I have decided to do, in consultation with the state executive council, is to appeal to the House of Assembly to immediately expunge the obnoxious provision or that which is interpreted to be obnoxious.”

He indicated he would only expunge the provision of the law which provided for N100million medical allowance for ex-governors. “I hope that will satisfy Nigerians,” he had said.

He is, however, unwilling to give up his request for a mansion in Uyo or Abuja and N12 million medical allowance for his wife.


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  • bash

    Thief in style, after accommodating the dirty wealth belonging to masses u will die and live the whole money and think of how to answer questions from God on how u still the money, bunch of thieves God will soon expose all of u.

    • redeem

      we are all equal before God–regardless of our tribal marks–lagos. kwara, rivers, gombe among other northern states introduced pension schèmes -why is that of Akwa ibo attracting the anger of APC–

  • redeem

    THE PEOPLE OF AKWA IBOM ARE BEHAVING LIKE FOOLS–ARE THEY THE ONLY STATE THAT INTRODUCED THE PENSION SCHME-IN NIGERIA?—THAT OF GOMBE STATE IN THE NORTH IS MORE THAN 300M-YOURS IS ONLY 200-GOMBE IS A STATE THAT DOES NOT EVEN PRODUCE OIL–NOT TO TALK OF LAGOS STATE-RIVERS -KWARA–PREMIER TIMES SHOULD ALSO STOP DISTURBING US WITH THIS RUBBISH–HAVE APC NOT SPONSORED ENOUGH OF THESE YEYE STORIES –THE PENSION SCHEME WAS FIRST INTROUDUCED IN LAGOS STATE BY TINUBU–WHY IS THAT OF AKWA IBOM MAKING THE HEADLINES EVERY HOUR IN NIGERIA? APC SHOULD LOOK FOR BETTER THINGS TO SAY–LET THEM GIVE THE SS RESOURCE CONTROL AND NOT STONES

    • Dr.Dan

      You are so biased that you fail to reason. Every comments you make is clouded with ethnicity and hatred. So you mean Akpabio should impoverish his people just because a northerner did same.sometimes you should pause and think before you post your comment.

  • Adoki

    What surprises and worries me in all of these is the pliable nature of the Akwa Ibom
    State legislature in their lawmaking and oversight responsibilities. It would appear from this particular incident that the House passed the law in the first place just because the governor wanted it. Now that it is no longer politically convenient for the Governor to go ahead with this piece of legislation, they simply ‘delete’ it from the previous law already passed by the House. If so-call law-making has become this trivialised, I wonder if there is anything else that is sacrosanct in the administration of that state.

    • redeem

      that is not the issue-Gombe also introuced similar pension scheme-in the fulani north-theirs was 100m more than that of Awka Ibom–why is that of Akpabio attracting all the maggots in APC–when tinubu himself introduced worst pension scheme which led to the ownership of landed properties in ikoyi ati victoria island-

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  • Michael Asuquo

    take note: the people of Akwa Ibom are no fools. that the wrong thing has been done. elsewhere does not make it right when done in Akwa Ibom. We will expunge that law in 2015. I will personally be involved in the campaigns and aspiring lawmakers will be judged by their readiness to work for the masses. Akpabio will not see one kobo. he is a thief.