The former Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) has revealed that he receives ₦577,000 as a monthly pension from the state.
Fashola made this revelation in an interview with Arise Television on Saturday.
He said, “That is all I get with no federal benefit. I don’t know how long this will last.
“And in spite of all the stories that we get several billions, I have come out deny that repeatedly.”
Asked if it is a lifelong benefit, Fashola said, “Well, I don’t know how long it will last. I still get it every month.”
Meanwhile, the former minister has urged Nigerians to be more optimistic about the country’s prospects and separate government from country.
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He said, “When the government disappoints us, it is not our country that has let us down, but the elites and elected leaders. We shouldn’t throw our country under the bus because we are angry with our politicians.”
Recall that Fashola served as the Minister of Works and Housing from 2019 to 2023.
Earlier, he served as the Minister of Power, Works and Housing from 2015 to 2019.
Also, he was the governor of Lagos State from 29 May 2007 to 29 May 2015 — two terms.
Fashola has also had to say he does not need a title to serve in the President Bola Tinubu-led administration, which in his view, “is birthing the next generation of leaders”.
He said this to newsmen at Lagos State University, Ojo, in September last year. He had delivered a keynote address at the institution’s fifth research and innovation fair.
The former Tinubu’s Chief of Staff when the President was governor of Lagos, said: “I do not need a title to serve. The president can only appoint at least one minister, for example, from each state which he has done.”
“There are just enough places in parastatals; they are doing that. We are estimated to be 200 million. So there are not enough offices to take everybody.”
“All of us must play our roles as citizens, and a citizen does not need a title to serve.”
“The biggest title you need is that of being a citizen and playing our role; we are also talking about the next generation,” Babatunde Fashola added. Read that story”.