Tinubu Opposes Ekweremadu, Oduah on Awarding Life Pension for NASS Leaders

Senator Remi Tinubu has opposed the proposal of amending the nation's constitution to ensure leaders of the National Assembly get life pensions after their tenure in office.

The proposal was brought forward by lawmakers at a-two day retreat on Constitution Review organised by the Senate Ad hoc Committee on Constitution Review in Lagos.

They said President of Senate, Deputy President of Senate, Speaker, House of Representatives and Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives should enjoy life pension after their tenure in office.

The deputy president of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, spoke in favour of the proposal, saying that principal officers of the two chambers should be entitled to life pension after their tenure.

“This has nothing to do with an individual. It is about the institution. Let us not politicise it. Nobody elected the Chief Justice of Nigeria, but he enjoys pension.

“But if we cheapen our own institution, so be it. Let us not make this a personal thing,” he said.

Stella Oduah (PDP-Anambra) said there was no reason why legislators should not enjoy such benefit when other arms of government enjoyed it.

“The executive enjoy it. Let us stand by our leaders. They should enjoy this benefit. They act on behalf of us.

“They are equal to the executive and judiciary and should therefore, enjoy the same benefit,’’ she said.

However Sen. Oluremi Tinubu opposed the motion.

"I think principal officers have had enough," she said. “Principal Officers drive fleet of cars and they have other entitlements. They should not earn extra money when they leave office.

“In the last assembly, we in the minority tried to raise our voice against it. You are first, second and third among equals.

“Some of us do not even have cars, but principal officers have so many. I think we should drop that idea,” Mrs. Tinubu said.

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