Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) says it will challenge the illegality of awarding life pensions to chairmen and speakers of Abuja Municipal Area Council.
The chairman of AMAC, Hon. Abdullahi Candido, had reportedly signed an edict that will pay life pensions to AMAC’s chairmen and speakers. The life pensions for chairmen is N500,000 yearly while the vice chairmen will get N300,000 and speakers will pocket N200,000.
SERAP while vowing to challenge the decision by Candido in court said, “Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council, Hon. Abdullahi Candido, reported signing of an edict to pay life pensions to AMAC’s chairs and speakers is unconstitutional and illegal.”
SERAP in a tweet on its official tweeter handle said, “AMAC should’ve signed edict to improve access of children in Abuja to quality education. We’ll see AMAC in court soon.”
SERAP further said the action by the chairman is similar to that of former governors who have tried to grant themselves life pensions. “Like ex-governors, local governments are now granting life pensions to chairmen, etc as chair of AMAC reportedly signed an edict on payment of life pension.