Donate your double pay to charity | SERAP tells Saraki

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked Senate President Bukola Saraki to return all pension he received as governor of Kwara State after becoming a senator.

The group welcomed the decision by Saraki to stop receiving pension as a former governor.

SERAP had written to the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami to probe ex-governors who are now Senators and are receiving pension.

While speaking with journalists on Tuesday, Saraki said he had written to the Kwara State government to stop the payment of such pension.

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“No, I’m not collecting pension; the moment I saw that allegation, I wrote to my state to stop my pension,” Saraki said.

In a statement by its Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni on Wednesday, SERAP said Saraki should either donate such pension to charity or back to the public treasury.

SERAP said, “It’s good news that Dr. Saraki has publicly made known that he has stopped drawing pensions from Kwara State.
“We hope that other public officials still receiving double emoluments will follow Dr. Saraki’s example and renounce such practice. We also urge the Senate President to publicly commit to donating to charities of his choice all pensions and allowances he has so far collected or such emoluments to the public treasury.
“The Senate President should use his leadership position to urgently facilitate a resolution by the National Assembly condemning the practice and laws on double pay and life pensions for former governors now serving public officials; urging state assemblies to abolish such laws; and calling on those that have received such emoluments to return them to the public treasury.
Dr. Saraki should work with us to put meaningful pressure on other states to abolish their unfair and discriminatory life pensions laws as well.
Dr. Saraki can start by putting pressure on the Governor of Kwara State, Mr Abdulfatah Ahmed, and the state House of Assembly to move swiftly to abolish the law that has facilitated the payment of the unjust pensions in the first place.”

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