Adams Oshiomole is about to live a very chilled life following the end of his tenure as Edo state governor.
Oshiomole and his deputy, Dr. Pius Odubu were rewarded for 8 years of service by the Edo state House of Assembly. The benefits will be handed to them under an amendment of the state’s “2007 Pension Rights of the Governor and Deputy Governor Law.” The amendment is currently waiting the approval of the new governor, Godwin Obaseki.
Oshiomole and Odubu will be getting houses worth hundreds of millions of Naira, according to the new law.
“A house in a location of choice in Nigeria of the Governor provided that the total cost of building the house shall not be in excess of 200 million naira while 100 million naira for the deputy governor,” the law read in part.
They will also get their salary as pension for life, as well as cars, staff and security.
“Other benefits to be enjoyed by former governors in the state are, a pension for life at a rate equivalent to 100 percent of his last annual salary in addition to an officer not above salary grade level 12 as Special Assistant, a personal secretary not below grade level 10 who shall be selected by the former governors from the public service of Edo state.
“Former governors are also entitled to have two cooks, two armed policemen as security, three vehicles to be bought by the State Government and liable to be replaced every five years, three drivers who shall be selected by the former governor and paid by the state government as well as free medical treatment for the governor and his immediate family.
“Former deputy governors are entitled to 100 percent of their last annual salary as pension, a personal staff not above salary grade level 12 as Special Assistant, a personal secretary not below grade level 09 who shall be selected by the former deputy governor from the public service of the state, a cook, two policemen as security.
“Two vehicles bought by the state government and liable to be replaced every five years are to be provided, two drivers who shall be selected by former deputy governors and paid by the state government and free medical treatment for them and their immediate family.”
I wouldn’t mind being an ex-governor some day.