Some ministers in the last administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan have not returned their official vehicles. Such vehicles include pilot cars with which they get easy passage on the highway and cars attached to their families.
The Federal Government has, however, written some of the ex-ministers to return the official vehicles to the ministries. Some of the former ministers claimed they had not returned their official vehicles because of outstanding salaries, claims and severance package.
Fifteen former ministers are yet to surrender the vehicles assigned to their former offices. The government is believed to have asked permanent secretaries in the ministries to write the former ministers. The government threatened to compel the ex-ministers to handover the vehicles or face sanctions.
A Presidency source said: “Some of the ex-ministers are yet to return their official vehicles, especially the Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs), which they were using. It is amazing that some of them are still using pilot vehicles for passage.
“While some of them claimed they are still entitled to such perks for about three months after leaving office, a negligible few handed over their vehicles before May 29. Some of them said they had not fully disengaged because they had outstanding eight-month salaries, allowances, claims and severance package to collect from the government.
“We have about 15 of them who have not fully complied with the directive to hand over their official vehicles. The government has no choice but to write the affected ex-ministers. Or else, we may be forced to buy new vehicles for the incoming ministers.”
Responding to a question, the source said: “Some former ministers assumed that they were entitled to some of these vehicles because of the monetization policy of the government.
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