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Addressing The Issue Of Double Pensions: A Call For Justice And Fiscal Responsibility.

IN recent times, the topic of double pensions for former governors and deputy governors has sparked widespread debate and controversy across Nigeria. Chief Dr. Patrick Eholor, the founder of One Love Foundation and a senior advocate of the masses, has been a vocal proponent for addressing this issue of injustice and fiscal irresponsibility. In this article, we delve into the pressing need for reform in the pension system, particularly in regards to former political officeholders, and the urgent call for action from key political figures such as Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

At the heart of the matter lies the undeniable fact that many states in Nigeria are struggling to meet their financial obligations, particularly when it comes to paying salaries and pensions to civil servants and retirees. Despite these financial challenges, the practice of awarding double pensions to former governors and deputy governors persists, exacerbating the strain on state resources and perpetuating a system of inequality and injustice.

Chief Dr. Patrick Eholor has been a staunch advocate for reforming this unjust practice, calling on political leaders such as Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to take decisive action. He rightly points out that the burden of excessive pensions for former political officeholders falls disproportionately on the shoulders of hardworking taxpayers and civil servants who often struggle to make ends meet on meager salaries.


Furthermore, Chief Eholor highlights the absurdity of the situation where individuals who have served as governors or deputy governors for just a few years are entitled to lifelong pensions, sometimes even receiving multiple pensions from different states. This egregious misuse of public funds not only undermines the integrity of the pension system but also erodes public trust in the government’s ability to prioritize the welfare of its citizens.

In his call to action, Chief Eholor emphasizes the need for urgent legislative intervention to put an end to this injustice. He urges Governor Godwin Obaseki and other political leaders to lead by example and enact laws that prohibit former governors and deputy governors from receiving pensions while holding other public offices or earning substantial incomes from other sources.

Moreover, Chief Eholor draws attention to the glaring disparity between the pensions received by retired civil servants and the exorbitant sums awarded to former political officeholders. While retired civil servants struggle to make ends meet on meager pensions, former governors and deputy governors enjoy lavish lifestyles funded by taxpayer money.

The issue of double pensions for former governors and deputy governors is not just a matter of fiscal responsibility but also one of social justice. It is imperative that we address this issue head-on and enact meaningful reforms that ensure fairness, equity, and transparency in the distribution of pension benefits.

In conclusion, Chief Dr. Patrick Eholor’s call for action to address the issue of double pensions for former governors and deputy governors is both timely and necessary. It is incumbent upon political leaders at both the state and federal levels to heed this call and take decisive steps to reform the pension system. By doing so, we can uphold the principles of justice, accountability, and fiscal responsibility, and ensure a brighter future for all Nigerians.

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