Reps reject life pension for principal officers

House of Representatives

House of Representatives

By Femi Ogunshola

The House of Representatives has rejected a bill for life pension for principal officers of the National Assembly.

The lawmakers rejected the proposal during Clause by Clause electronic voting on the amendment of 1999 Constitution at Tuesday’s plenary.

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