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Benue Assembly passes controversial pension bill

On Thursday, the controversial executive pension bill was passed by the Benue State House of Assembly.

After being notified of three months of unpaid salaries and receiving payment for those three months, the lawmakers passed the bill.

The bill aims to provide excessive gratuity, pension, and other benefits for former governors and their deputies.

The bill, which has been criticized by certain individuals in the state, including the governor-elect, Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia, aims to provide permanent residential accommodations for the governor in any location of their choosing within the country.

The bill also proposes the provision of four new vehicles every four years for former governors and two new vehicles every four years for former deputy governors.

The state provides for six personal staff for former governors and three for former deputy governors, all of which will be paid for by the state.

In addition, the state also offers free medical treatment for past governors, their spouses, and up to four children under the age of 18.

Allegedly, the outgoing government enlisted some members of the house to resume sitting and dispatched thugs to prevent those who opposed the bill from entering the assembly complex.

After receiving an alert on Thursday, members held a plenary session and made significant changes to the bill before passing it.

According to our correspondent, Bem Ngutyo, who is the minority leader of the house, stated that the bill had been passed with ‘some adjustment’.