…By Joseph Benjamin for TDPel Media.
As President Muhammadu Buhari’s eight-year term comes to a close, the presidency has made it clear that ministers leaving office will not be allowed to take their official vehicles with them.
This decision was announced just before the handover to President-elect Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, scheduled for May 29.
Instead, ministers will receive severance benefits determined by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission.
Additionally, President Buhari and Vice-President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo will leave their armoured luxury vehicles behind, to be inherited by their successors, Tinubu and his deputy, Kashim Shettima.
Departing Ministers Restricted from Taking Official Vehicles:
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, provided further details on this matter during an interview with Punch.
This decision marks a departure from the common practice of government officials taking their official vehicles when leaving office, a tradition observed at all levels of government in the country.
Severance Benefits in Place of Official Vehicles:
Mallam Garba Shehu clarified that ministers and other officials are not entitled to official cars at present.
They are provided with project vehicles, which can only be boarded and sold after four years of usage.
The value of these vehicles is deemed to be exhausted after this period.
Instead of official vehicles, departing ministers will receive severance benefits in accordance with the guidelines set by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission.
Prescribed Entitlements for Former Presidents and Deputies:
The spokesperson emphasized that the law already stipulates the provisions for former presidents and their deputies to receive a specific number of vehicles at designated intervals.
Hence, upon leaving office, they do not need to take government vehicles.
Mallam Garba Shehu assured that the President has adhered to this practice by supplying the prescribed number of vehicles to all former Heads of State when it is due.
He emphasized that President Buhari does not consider himself above others in this regard.
As President Buhari’s tenure ends, ministers are not permitted to retain their official vehicles upon leaving office.
Instead, they will receive severance benefits as determined by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission.
President Buhari and Vice-President Osinbajo have also chosen to leave behind their armoured luxury vehicles for their successors.
This decision represents a departure from the traditional practice of government officials taking their official vehicles with them when their tenure concludes.
The provisions for former presidents and deputies to receive vehicles at specific intervals are already outlined in the law, ensuring they are not required to take government vehicles upon leaving office.
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