Connect with us

As Parliament Dissolves… Speaker To Get Gold-Plated Pension

Opinions

As Parliament Dissolves… Speaker To Get Gold-Plated Pension

Section 85 (1) of the 1991 Constitution states thus, “Parliament shall stand dissolved at the expiration of a period of five years commencing from the date of its first sitting after a general election”.

The life span of the current Parliament will terminate on Thursday December 7, 2017, according to House Leaders.

According to a leaked undated Statutory Instrument seen by the Global Times, the current Parliament has prepared an order stating that, commencing 1st Day of October 2017, “A retired Speaker or Deputy Speaker shall be entitled to a monthly pension computed on the basis of 40% of their respective annual basic salaries while in office, subject to review every five years”.

The order also makes provision for a retired Speaker or Deputy Speaker to be provided with appropriate office accommodation with an estimated rental value of not more than US$5,000 (five thousand United States Dollars) per annum at the expense of the State.

It also states that a retired Speaker or Deputy Speaker shall be entitled to the following staff at the expense of the state-

  • one cook
  • one steward
  • two drivers in the case of the Speaker and one driver in the case of the Deputy Speaker.
  • two personal guards; and
  • two other servants.
  • A retired Speaker or Deputy Speaker shall be provided with appropriate residential accommodation with an estimated rental value of not more than US$ 12,000 (Twelve Thousand United States Dollars) per annum at the expense of the State.
  • All electricity and water bills consumed in respect of one residential accommodation of a retired Speaker or Deputy Speaker shall be paid by the State subject to verification and approval by the Parliamentary Service Commission.
  • A retired Speaker shall be entitled to the following vehicles at the expense of the State
  • One VIP vehicle; and
  • One utility vehicle.

0

More in Opinions

To Top