The Bayelsa state house of assembly has given approval to the payment of monthly life pensions to past and present members of the legislature.
The bill which was sponsored by the leader of the House, Peter Akpe, was passed on the floor of the House.
It approved N500,000 post-service monthly pension to the speakers of the assembly, while deputy speakers will receive N200,000. Members are to get N100, 000.
The bill specifically provided that former lawmakers, including persons of Bayelsa origin who served in the old Rivers State, would enjoy life pensions for their services in the state as applicable to former presidents, vice-presidents, governors and deputy governors across the country.
To qualify for the speakership pension of N500, 000 monthly, the official must have served for two years and above.
it is however not clear if Governor Seriake Dickson will sign the bill.
Meanwhile, the people of Bayelsa have condemned the development, describing it as a misplacement of priority that will further rob the people their commonwealth.