EXCLUSIVE: Soyinka Slams Pension Packages for Former Government Officials
By Olamide Fadoju
Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka has decried the pension packages given to governors and some other public office holder, describing it as ‘sheer robbery’.
Soyinka, in an interview with Nigeria Info FM’s Rotimi Sankore, said public officers should be able to return to their profession at the expiration of their tenure and receive an “appreciative donation” as rewards for their effort while in office.
“Objectively speaking why should somebody who had his own profession and even while he is governor doesn’t destroy whatever he was doing before. Let’s say he was a former professor, he can go back to being a professor he can still collect his pension if he is over the age or the work is done, some kind of severance, token appreciative donation, I don’t mind.
“ But this is robbery, what is going on now in states is share robbery. Even the pension of former Heads of states requires looking into, it is exorbitant. It is not necessary.
“It is a personal thing because till today I haven’t got my pension. Many people look at me and say he doesn’t need it anyway. That is not the issue. Whether I need it or not the fact remains and I do no need I by the way."
Recently, The issue of pension package for public office holders in Nigeria was back on the front burner following the decision by the Zamfara House of Assembly, last week, to repeal the law mandating the payment of pensions packages and other entitlements to former governors and deputies, as well as those of speakers and their deputies.
Watch the full interview below