Abia State stops Pensions for ex Governors and Deputies

The Abia State House of Assembly has recently passed a significant legislative measure, H.A.B 11, titled “A Bill for a Law to Repeal The Abia State Governors & Deputy Governors Pensions Law No 4 of 2001 and for other Matters Connected Therewith.”

Sponsored by the Majority Leader and representative of Arochukwu State Constituency, Okoro Uchenna Kalu, the bill underwent thorough deliberation, including first and second readings, as well as consideration by the committee of the whole during Tuesday’s plenary session.

Announcing the passage of the bill, Speaker Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Emeruwa highlighted its implications, noting that upon Governor Alex Otti’s assent, the bill would be effective from the 19th day of March 2024. Under the new law, titled “Abia State Governors and Deputy Governor’s (Repeal) Law 2024,” the Assembly aims to curtail the exorbitant cost of governance and redirect resources towards the state’s development initiatives.

In addition to this landmark legislation, the Assembly addressed other pertinent issues. H.A.B 10, “A Bill For A Law To Establish the Abia State Cocoa Development and Marketing Board Bill 2024,” sponsored by Deputy Speaker Rt. Hon. Augustin Okezie, received its first reading. Meanwhile, H.A.B 9, titled “A Bill for a Law to Establish Colleges of Nursing Sciences Owned by Faith-Based and Private Establishments in Abia State and for other related purposes,” sponsored by Chief Whip Emeka Obioma (Umuahia South), progressed to its second reading.

With a commitment to thorough legislative processes, the Assembly mandated the House Committee on Health to conduct a public hearing on H.A.B 9, with a timeline of one month for further legislative actions. The Assembly adjourned its plenary session to reconvene the following day, 20th March 2024, at 10:00.

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