Wednesday, January 10, 2018

FG To Purchase Cars Worth N280m For Obasanjo,Jonathan,Babangida & Other Ex-Leaders

Former presidents and Heads of State, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.), Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (retd.); and Chief Ernest Shonekan will all receive a gift from the Federal Government.

The Federal Government has approved N280.1m cash payments to former Presidents and Heads of State in 2017 to buy cars. The vehicles, worth N280.1m, were to be purchased for them directly by the government but it decided to monetise the purchases by offering cash to them to buy vehicles of their choice.

This was contained in a document presented in Abuja on Tuesday by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Mustapha, to the House of Representatives’ Committee on Governmental Affairs.

In the document, it was revealed that the procurement of the vehicles for former VPs is “ongoing.” as vehicles worth N120m were approved to be purchased for former Vice-Presidents which include Abubakar Atiku, Mr. Sambo Dasuki, the late Alex Ekwueme and all former Chiefs of General Staff.
The document also indicated that President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Ministers and other political appointees were paid salaries totalling N3.4bn in 2017.

Mustapha appeared before the Committee, Chaired by Husseini Suleiman-Kanagiwa, to review the 2017 budget of his office and defend the estimates for 2018.