Ekweremadu, Lawan, Fashola And 4 Different Who Have Lived On Public Funds For 20yrs
By Afeez Hanafi
Former Deputy Senate President and lawmaker within the present ninth Nationwide Meeting, Ike Ekweremadu, on Friday, declared his intention to contest for the governorship in Enugu State in 2023. By then, the five-time senator would have spent 20 years on the crimson chamber.
Extra curiously, throughout the subsequent common elections, Ekweremadu could be marking 26 years in authorities at numerous ranges and should have raked in thousands and thousands of naira in salaries and allowances paid from public funds.
He started his political profession in 1997 when he was appointed because the Govt Chairman of Aninri Native Authorities Council on the platform of the United Nigeria Congress Celebration. He was then appointed Chief of employees to then governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani, from 1999 to 2001.
Ekweremadu was made Secretary to Enugu State Authorities in 2001 and served until 2002 when he started the race to the Senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Celebration. He was first elected a senator in 2003 and remained there until date by means of re-elections.
Declaring his intention at a world press convention in Enugu, tagged, “media session,” Ekweremadu, a lawyer, stated he was going into the governorship race to make a pathway for a brand new Enugu State.
Nonetheless, Ekweremadu just isn’t the one politician who has had an extended profession in politics aside from practising their main professions.
The President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, is one other long-serving political workplace holder. A lecturer turned politician, Lawan has been within the Nationwide Meeting since 1999 when the nation returned to democratic rule after years of navy incursions.
He began as a member of the Home of Representatives in 1999 and served two phrases till 2007 when he moved to the Senate. To date, the quantity three citizen of Nigeria has been on the federal parliament for 22 years, occupying totally different positions with commensurate salaries and allowances.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Babatunde Fashola started his political profession in 1999, serving as Secretary of the Lands Sub-Committee of the Transitional Work Teams in 1999; a member of the panel of Enquiry into allocation of homes on the Mobolaji Johnson Housing Scheme at Lekki in 2000; a member of the State Tenders Board, Lagos State Govt Council, State Safety Council and State Treasury Board from 2002 to 2006. He was elected governor of the state for 2 phrases from 2007 to 2015.
Fashola was made a minister by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, manning three ministries – Works, Energy and Housing. He’s presently the Minister of Works and Housing.
As a former governor, Fashola benefited from ‘severance bundle’ and pension for ex-governors within the state. These embody a home in any location within the state and a home in Abuja for a two-term governor, six new vehicles each three years, 100 per cent of the essential wage of the incumbent governor, free well being look after himself and members of his household, furnishings allowance, which is 300 per cent of their annual primary wage in addition to home upkeep allowance and eight policemen and two officers of Division of State Companies connected to him for all times. Nonetheless, the Lagos State Home of Meeting introduced in August 2021 that it had diminished the pension of former governors of the state by half.
A former Senate President and retired Brigadier Basic, David Mark represented Benue South Senatorial District from 1999 to 2019. Previous to his senatorial profession, he was the navy Governor of Niger State from 1984 to 1986 and Minister of Communication.
He hoped to run for President in 2018 and appointed Zainab Abdulkadir Kure as his marketing campaign supervisor and Abba Ejembi as his marketing campaign’s spokesperson.
A graduate of English, Rotimi Amaechi was Speaker of the Rivers State Home of Meeting for eight years, between 1999 and 2007. Afterwards, he was elected governor of the state for an additional eight years ending in 2015. Amaechi, who was the director-general of the Buhari Marketing campaign Organisation, has since then been serving as Minister of Transportation below the present authorities.
Former Gombe State governor, Danjuma Goje, began in 1999 as minister of state for energy below former President Olusegun Obasanjo. He then turned governor of Gombe State in 2003 and served for eight years.
Not executed, he instantly moved the Nationwide Meeting as senator, representing Gombe Central. It was reported that stakeholders from his senatorial district rejected his determination to not contest for an elective place in 2023.
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