Reject N200 million home, labour union leader tells Oshiomhole

Governor Adams Oshiomole

Issa Aremu, General Secretary, National Union of Textile and Garment Workers of Nigeria, on Monday urged ex-Governor Adams Oshiomhole to shun the N200 million pension approved for him by the Edo State Assembly.

Mr. Aremu made the appeal in a press statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Kaduna.

“Following the trend in other states, the Edo assembly recently approved a pension benefit for a residential building worth N200 million for immediate past governor of the state, while N100 million was approved for his Deputy among other benefits.

“We appeal to former Governor of Edo state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to make a positive difference by not collecting the life pension benefit as approved by the state assembly.

“Comrade Oshiomhole had beaten the governors to good governance as evidenced by his globally acknowledged record of achievements as governor of Edo state.

“He should therefore not join the former governors on unjust pension that is unnecessary and unsustainable in a recession.

“Edo’s governance report since 2008 points to Nigeria’s renewed optimism.

“Indeed we have witnessed a renaissance which defeats the old pessimism according to which nothing would work.”

Mr. Aremu said the former governor must show a difference, by shunning such offers which may revert the esteem in which Nigerians view him.

“This development agenda can only be further deepened and should not be supplanted with corruption.”



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  • Suleiman Alatise

    I think the Comrade is right, it would amount to settlement if the Comrade formal governor agree and accept.

  • FuzzyLogic

    Nigerian politics is a criminal enterprise. How could these so-called law makers pass this king of law in this very hard times? This is the height of insensitivity. For many Edo people who could afford to feed their families to see their law makers squander their money like this would feel like the government is not for them.

  • Muhammad

    It is easier said than justified . The cleanliness is not disputable .
    Rather than asking Adams to reject what has been legally provided , it will be more intelligent to suggest an amendment or discarding of the law . This will make it more responsive to the good intentions of the House . It is certainly not senseless to appreciate the chief executive , especially after established good governance . The quantum and form may be adjusted .
    In the circumstance where Adams rejects and the Deputy accepts , we are not helping to build a history .
    It is not WRONG anywhere to accept what is legally granted . The calling is therefore late and too simplistic . There is the need to respect the Legislature and help it in making better laws . It will be incomplete to ignore the law makers and appeal to the prospective beneficiaries to do what is appropriate , that is illegal .