The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State has rejected a planned law being pushed by the House of Assembly prescribing monthly post-service life pensions of between N0.1 million and N0.5 million for members of the House.
The party observed how the strange idea, which was proposed as a bill and passed by the House on Wednesday, has set the public pulse racing.
“APC Bayelsa completely rejects this life pension bill for members of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly. The party described the bill as unjust, ungodly and self-serving, said State Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Doifie Buokoribo, in a statement, adding, “it was unsympathetic for members of the House of Assembly to seek to enhance their own lives at the expense of the vast majority of Bayelsa people living in pain and penury.”
Buokoribo described the life pension bill as an unspeakable crime against our people.
He said the APC has been at the forefront of efforts to enthrone a regime of better life for the people of Bayelsa State and leading a robust opposition to the current system of anti-people governance in the state for close to eight years.
“APC advises the legislature to withdraw the obnoxious pension bill and avoid what it termed the appalling crime against the people of Bayelsa State. In the event of the legislature’s refusal to heed this solemn advice, we appeal to Governor Henry Seriake Dickson, if he is still in touch with his essential humanity, to refuse assent to the pension bill when it is transmitted to him. Failing this, the party calls on the people of Bayelsa State to embark on a campaign of peaceful resistance against the rogue assembly and the poverty regime of Governor Dickson, “ he concluded.