Dino Melaye accused ex-President Goodluck Jonathan of making a law which permits retired permanent secretaries to enjoy oversea treatment for life.
Speaking on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Melaye said the law contravenes the act passed by the National Assembly.
“Mr President I have here the certain public and judicial service holders’ salaries and allowances etc amendment Act 2008,” Melaye said.
“Mr President, this act was passed by the national assembly and assented to in 2008 and this act is taking care of salaries of Mr President, vice-president, senators, auditor-general and permanent secretaries in this country.
“The act states clearly what remuneration and salaries enjoyed by permanent secretaries, director-generals and the head of service. Part 1 of the act it is clear under severance that permanent secretaries are supposed to benefit only their severance to the tune of 300 percent of their basic salaries but an aberration was committed.
“There is a letter I have here Mr President it reads 'restoration of personal security and overseas treatment for life for the retired head of the civil service of the federation and permanent secretaries' the letter reads thus; 'this is to inform you that in the bid to enhance welfare package for retired head of the civil service of the federation and several permanent secretaries, the president of the federal republic of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR has graciously approved the restoration of their personal securities and overseas treatment for life'.
“The senate is number three in this country, the Senate president and speaker of the house of representatives, they do not enjoy overseas treatment for one day not to talk of life. You know how many permanent secretaries we have in this country? It will cost Nigeria hundreds of billions to begin to sponsor every permanent secretary for overseas treatment.
“This is contravention of the act passed by the National Assembly," he added.
The Kogi-West lawmaker urged the senate to mandated its committee on establishment to “call to order that the wishes and aspirations of any public officer which cannot override the provisions of the law and this should be reserved.”