Alhaji Isiaka Gold, Secretary to Kwara State Government, have noted that the attention of the State Government has been drawn to issues surrounding the payment of pensions to former Governors of the State, especially the present Senate President Bukola Saraki.
Speaking on behalf of the Government, the Secretary, absolved the Senate President of the accusations that he has continued to receive salary and pension four years after leaving office as Governor of Kwara State.
The Secretary to the State Government stated that the government did not only stop the payment of the said pension, but also deducted the amount already paid into Saraki’s account since he left office.
He mentioned that via a letter dated August 20, 2015, addressed to the state government, Saraki himself had requested that the payment of pensions to his account be stopped and the amount already credited to the account be refunded to the Kwara State Government, the state government promptly complied.
According to him, Saraki, who was a two-term Governor of the State, stopped receiving pension from the state since August 2015. The SSG however did not state the amount of money that was returned to Government coffers.
It would be recalled that in April, 2016, while Saraki faced a 13-count charge of false asset declaration and other financial misappropriation at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, a prosecution witness told the Code of Conduct Tribunal that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, continued to receive salary and pension four years after leaving Office as Governor of Kwara State on May 29, 2011. This accusation was made almost a year after the Government of Kwara is now reporting that Saraki demanded his pension be stopped and returned what was already being sent to him.