In a letter dated 17th October 2019, the former governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, has called on Dr. Bello Muhammad Matawalle, his successor, to pay his outstanding allowances and pension.
The ex-governor, who was said to have owed a lot of outstanding workers’ salaries, said he is entitled to N10 million monthly as an upkeep allowance but that he has only been paid twice since he left office.
Yari said the law provides for the entitlement of former governors, deputies, speakers and deputy speakers and was amended in March, so should not be truncated. The letter reads:
“I wish to humbly draw your attention to the provision of the law on the above subject matter which was amended and assented to on the 23rd of March 2019,” he said.
“The law provides, among other entitlements of the Former Governor, a monthly upkeep allowance of Ten Million Naira (N10,000,000) only and a pension equivalent to the salary he was receiving while in office.
“Accordingly, you may wish to be informed that since the expiration of my tenure on the 29th of May, 2019. I was only paid the upkeep allowance twice i.e for the month of June and July while my pension for the month of June has not been paid.
“As the law provides, the pension and upkeep allowance is not in the category of privileges that can be truncated without any justifiable reason, hence, the need to request you to kindly direct the settlement of the total backlog of the pension and upkeep as provided by the law.
“While thanking you most sincerely for the anticipated positive action, please accept my high regard and esteem.”
Neptune Prime tried to reach out to Ibrahim Dosari, DG Media to Former Governor Yari, but all his six numbers called were not connecting.
We spoke with Yusuf Idris, DG Media to current Governor Matawalle who said he would get back to us but did not as at press time, in fact, he stopped picking our calls.