The Lagos State House of Assembly has approved the reduction of pensions to former governors and other affected officials by 50%.

The legislature also cancelled the provision of houses in Abuja and Lagos for former governors as stipulated in an earlier law operated by the state.

A reduction in the number of vehicles to be made available to former governors and their deputies was also made law.

The Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, suggested that former governors should get two vehicles (a car and a van) instead of three as recommended by the committee.

He also suggested that the amended bill should provide that the cars be changed every four years instead of the three years recommended by the report.

While recalling the recent murder of the President of Haiti, the Speaker said it was necessary to also secure the lives of the former office holders.

“By virtue of my office, I have seen former Speakers who we just had to intervene in their lives because of the situations they found themselves outside office. We have also seen former governors in a very bad situation.

“There is no argument, we must realise that this is democracy and it is all about the people. We are here because of the people. When we represent people, it is good for us to listen to them as well.

“We must realise that we would always go back to the people for support. So when we hearken to their agitations and reduce what existed, it shows that we listen,” Obasa told his colleagues adding that his suggestion for further reduction of the number of cars was because “as you age, your needs continue to decrease,” the Speaker said.

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