Saraki Has Refunded Pension Money Paid to Him to Kwara State Government
According to Alhaji Isiaka Gold, the Secretary to Kwara State Government (SSG), the Senate President, Bukola Saraki has returned all monies paid to him as pension to the state government.
Alhaji Isiaka Gold made the confession on Wednesday in Ilorin during a press statement that was issued to clarify the issue of Saraki’s pension being paid by the state government. He further explained that Saraki has stopped receiving pension from the state since August 2015.
In his words, “Dr Saraki requested that the payment of pension to his account be stopped and the amount already credited to the account be refunded to the Government, the State Government promptly complied.
“The Government not only stopped the payment of the said pension, the amount already paid into Dr Saraki’s account since he left office was deducted from the money owed to him as well as his other outstanding lawful entitlements,” Gold added.
According to him, Saraki is entitled to the money he returned as provided in the third schedule, Paragraph D (i) of the Governor and Deputy Governor ((payment of pension) Law, No. 12 of 2010 of Kwara State.
Also, the SGG declared that apart from Saraki, other former governors and their deputies were entitled to pension as provided by the law.
“It should be noted that neither the Kwara State Government nor Dr Bukola Saraki violated the state pension law or any other law for that matter.
“The State Pension Law empowers the State Government to pay pension to former Governors of the State”.
As such, the SSG recommended that the Senate President should be applauded for his decision to abandon his legal entitlements.
“It is the hope of the state government that this clarification will end all the controversy about this issue,” he added.
Saraki had earlier informed that he stopped collecting pension as the governor of Kwara state between 2003 and 2011. Thus, he had written a letter to the state government to stop the payment of his pension. The reason, he said, was to stop the various complaints from several quarters that former governors who are currently senators or ministers were receiving pension and salary in their new jobs, all from the government.