LAGOS2019: Ambode Loses Again
These are not the best of times for Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State who lost out in the power game to get a second term in office.
He will be the first governor of the state since 2007 to miss out on a mansion in Abuja after leaving office,
The Public Office Holder (Payment of Pension) Law No 11 official Gazette of Lagos State, 2007 states that former governors of Lagos State are entitled to a house in Lagos and Abuja in any location of their choice.
Section 2 states:-
“One residential house each for the governor and the deputy governor at any location of their choice in Lagos State and one residential house in the Federal Capital Territory for the governor on two consecutive terms.”
Following his loss to Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the All Progressives Congress governorship primary in October, Ambode will not be returning to the Alausa Governor’s Office on May 29, 2019.
The state government has built houses for former governors of the state in Lagos and Abuja in line with the law.
A house was bought for Bola Tinubu in Ikoyi and the Asokoro area of Abuja next to the Lagos State Governor’s Lodge.
The same was also said to have been approved for Ambode's immediate predecessor, Babtunde Fashola, current Minister of Works, Power and Housing
However, Ambode will be entitled to other fringe benefits which comprise a house in any location in Lagos State, six brand new cars every three years, 100 percent of the basic salary of the serving governor, (N7.7m per annum) free health care for himself and members of his family.
The law also says a former governor will be entitled to furniture allowance, which is 300 percent of their annual basic salary (N23.3m); house maintenance allowance, which is 10 per cent of basic salary (N778, 296); utility allowance, which is 20 percent of the salary (N1.5m) and car maintenance allowance, which is 30 percent of the annual basic salary (N2.3m).
Other benefits include entertainment allowance, which is 10 percent of the basic salary (N778,296) and a personal assistant, who will earn 25 percent of the governor’s annual basic salary (N1.9m).
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The law adds that a former governor is entitled to domestic workers comprising a cook, a steward, a gardener and others whose appointments are pensionable.
A former governor will be entitled to eight policemen and two officials of the Department of State Services for life, according to the Lagos law.
However, any governor of the state will miss out on all the goodies if he is removed from office by the Lagos State House of Assembly.
Ambode, on Monday, December 17th, formally endorsed Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, as the Lagos State’s APC standard bearers for the 2019 governorship election.
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