The immediate past governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, and his former deputy, Dr. Pius Odubu are set to get residential buildings worth N200m and N100m respectively as benefits following the expiration of their tenures.
This comes as the Edo State House of Assembly has amended the bill for a Law for Pension Rights of the Governor and Deputy Governor, of which the two are expected to be beneficiaries.
The bill also provided that the buildings could be sited in any location of their choice.
Other benefits to be enjoyed by the governor are a pension for life at a rate equivalent to 100 percent of his last annual salary in addition to an officer not above salary grade level 12 as Special Assistant, a personal secretary not below grade level 10 who shall be selected by the former governor from the public service of Edo state.
He is also entitled to have two cooks, two armed policemen as security, three vehicles to be bought by the State Government and liable to be replaced every five years, three drivers who shall be selected by the former governor and paid by the state government as well as free medical treatment for the governor and his immediate family.
On the other hand, the deputy governor is entitled to 100 percent of his last annual salary as pension, a personal staff not above salary grade level 12 as Special Assistant, a personal secretary not below grade level 09 who shall be selected by the former deputy governor from the public service of the state, a cook, two policemen as security.
Also approved for him include, two vehicles to be bought by the state government and liable to be replaced every five years, two drivers who shall be selected by the former deputy governor and paid by the state government and free medical treatment for him and his immediate family.
While passing the bill on Wednesday, the lawmakers suspended relevant sections of its rule.
The Speaker, Dr. Justin Okonoboh, also directed the clerk of the House to accord the bill a third reading and send copies to the Office of the Governor.
Okonoboh observed that the last two months had been eventful for the state with the coronation of a new Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, and the election and swearing-in of Godwin Obaseki as the fifth civilian governor.
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