Stakeholders in Kwara State have called on the Kwara State House of Assembly to stop payment of pensions to former Governor Bukola Saraki and his deputy.
Dr. Saraki who is now the Senate President had been allegedly drawing bogus pensions sequel to an enactment of the bill while he (Saraki) was in office, a development that had all along been generating controversies in the state.
The decision was taken by the stakeholders at an all inclusive Stakeholders Public Hearing at the State House of Assembly where three separate bills were passed.
The Stakeholders at the hearing agreed with the third Bill that seeks to stop payment of pension to former governors and deputy governors who hold another political or public Office.
They called for quick assent of the bill by Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed for speedy implementation of the law by the state Ministry of Justice and the Police.
Among the stakeholders that made both written and oral presentations, at the Public hearing, were Jamat Nasir Islamic Society of Nigeria, the Christian Association of Nigeria ( CAN), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by its Chairman Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo, the Ilorin Emirate Descendant Progressive Union ( IEDPU), and the Secretary to the State Government (SSG).
Others were the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Human Development Foundation Institute, the Obasegun of Kwara State and Concerned Muslim Organizations led by Professor Badmus Lanre Yusuf.
The stakeholders meeting according to the House Chief Press Secretary, Mallam Abdulrahman Sanni was organised “to harvest public opinion for final passage, of the bills into law”.
Another bill which seeks to prohibit dealings in human parts, it was unanimously agreed that the penalty for dealing in human parts in the state be changed “to include a minimum of 10 years jail term, in addition to heavy fine”.
The participants were opposed to the provision of only fine as substitute to imprisonment.
The other bill seeks to expand the areas in which sale and consumption of liquors are prohibited, to be sold or openly consumed, from 11 to 26 areas.
The Stakeholders, noted with displeasure that sales of human parts and liquors in the state, were alien and against the core value and tenets of the two dominant religions of the people of the state.
Earlier, the Speaker, Dr Ali Ahmad in his speech, described the involvement of the people, as a vital ingredient of law making process and assured that objective and constructive submissions on each of the bills, would be considered by the legislature, in the final passage of the Bills into law.