SERAP petitions governors in court to publish pensions payment details

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has filed a lawsuit asking the Federal High Court, Abuja to order the thirty six state governors in Nigeria to publish details and breakdown of payment of pensions to each of the former governors and other ex-officials.

 

The group also asked that the names and number of ex-governors and other officials receiving pensions under their respective State pension laws between 1999 and 2019 be published.

 

In the suit SERAP is seeking an order for leave to apply for judicial review and an order of mandamus to direct or compel the thirty six state governors to publish the said details.

 

The suit followed SERAP’s Freedom of Information requests dated 9th December 2019 to the governors, expressing concern that granting pension for life to ex-governors and other officials represents the use of public office to advance private interests.

 

According to SERAP, only two governors; Delta state governor, IFEANYI OKOWA and Kwara state governor, ABDULRAHMAN ABDULRAZAQ have responded to its FoI requests.

 

It said although Governor OKOWA directed his Head of Service to send the details requested, no information was received at the time of filing the suit.

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