Former Governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, has shocked the public with his decision to suspend his monthly pension and allowances immediately after his inauguration at the Senate. In a letter addressed to the current Governor, H.E Prince Dapo Abiodun MFR, CON, Daniel expressed his intention to forgo the N676,376.95kobo monthly payment he receives as a former governor.
In the letter, dated June 14, 2023, Daniel emphasized that his decision was driven by his conscience, moral principles, and guiding ethics. He reassured the public that this was the only payment and package he received from the state government as a former governor.
This unexpected move has garnered praise and admiration from various quarters, with many commending Daniel for his selflessness and commitment to public service. It is worth noting that pension and allowances for former governors have been a subject of controversy and public outcry in recent times, with critics arguing that such payments place a burden on state finances.
Daniel’s decision to suspend his pension and allowances is seen as a significant step towards addressing the issue of excessive benefits for former public officials. It sets a precedent for other political leaders to reconsider their entitlements and prioritize the overall welfare of the state.
Governor Dapo Abiodun has yet to respond publicly to Daniel’s letter. However, it is expected that this gesture will put pressure on other former governors to follow suit and contribute to the development of their respective states, rather than relying on financial support from the government.
Gbenga Daniel’s decision has sparked a nationwide conversation on the need for public officials to prioritize the interests of the people they serve. Many citizens are now calling for a review of the pension and allowances system for former governors and public officials, with the hope of redirecting funds towards more pressing needs such as healthcare, education, and infrastructure.
It remains to be seen whether other former governors will follow in his footsteps and suspend their own pension and allowances, but for now, Gbenga Daniel’s decision has undoubtedly sparked a national conversation on the issue.