by Stanley Azuakola
Yesterday, May 31, Gov. Rotimi Amaechi signed a bill which would basically ensure that he continues to enjoy the perks of the governor’s office after leaving the office. The bill, which is titled The Rivers State Governor and Deputy Governor Pensions and Fringe Benefits Bill 2012, is the brainchild of the executive and was forwarded from the Governor’s Office to the House of Representative for a speedy passage.
Despite protestations from a pressure groups in the state, the Rivers State House of Assembly went ahead to pass the bill on the 22nd of May by an overwhelming majority. And the sweetened deal was finalised yesterday with Governor Amaechi’s assent.
Consequently, Amaechi and his deputy, Tele Ikuru are entitled upon exit from office to benefits worthy of Wall Street executives, including:
- 100 per cent of their basic salaries
- Two choice houses in any area of their choice in Rivers State and Abuja.
- Three cars, replaceable every three years.
- 300 per cent funding for any furniture of their choice.
- 20 per cent funding for utility, 10 per cent funding for entertainment and 10 per cent of same for houses of their choice.
- Free medical expenses for him and his immediate family.
- Security details that will include two officials of the State Security Service (SSS), one female officer of the same department and eight police officers for personal and domestic security.
- Domestic staff including a cook, steward, gardener, and others. All the domestic staff, including drivers shall be pensionable.
In addition to the executive perquisites bill, other bills signed into law by the governor on Wednesday include the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Amendment Bill 2012, the Rivers State Senior Secondary Schools’ Board Bill 2012, the Rivers State House of Assembly Service Commission Amendment Bill 2012 and the Rivers State Water Sector Development Law 2012.