I Can’t Continue To Receive Retirement Benefit In Good Conscience, Ex-Governor Writes Ogun Govt

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News Investigators/ A former governor of Ogun state and the senator representing Ogun East, at the National Assembly, Gbenga Daniel has written to the Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun requesting a suspension of his monthly retirement benefit.

The lawmaker in a letter acknowledged and stamped by the office of the Governor of Ogun State noted that he could not continue to collect such emolument with free conscience.

Confirming the authenticity of the letter, Mr. Daniel, in his thread.net handle stated: “After my inauguration at the Senate, I wrote H.E Prince Dapo Abiodun MFR, CON on June 14, 2023 to notify him of my decision to have the monthly payment of N676,376.95kobo being gross payment for my pension and allowances as former governor of the Ogun State suspended immediately.

“This decision, I made, in good conscience, moral principles and guiding ethics.

“It is also important to state that this is the only payment and package I get from the state government as a former governor.”

Senator Daniel also clarified that since he left office, he had not got any other form of welfare in terms of medical, furniture, or other allowances.

The letter read, “I write to request the suspension of my monthly pension/allowances of N676,376.95 ( gross) ( Six hundred and Seventy-Six Thousand, Three hundred Seventy-Six Naira, Ninety-Five kobo) being paid as a former governor of Ogun State.

“This request is in line with my conscience, moral principle, and ethical code against double emoluments that as a serving Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who hitherto was a former State Governor, shall not be entitled to the payment of pension and allowances from such state.”

The Ogun lawmaker in the letter added, “It would be recalled that on Tuesday 13th June 2023, I was with other elected Senators and Members of the House of Representatives inaugurated as members of the 10th National Assembly.

“It is pertinent to also have it on record that since I left the office in 2011, I have not benefitted from any welfare packages be it Medical, Furniture, transportation, etc, ” Mr. Daniel stated.

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