*You cannot monetise the cars
*N336million for Obasanjo, Jonathan, IBB others
*N210m for Atiku, Sambo, others
Former member of the House of Representatives and the Executive Secretary of the Legislative Watch, Hon Ngozika Ihuoma has petitioned the Secretary of the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, over the planned monetisation of vehicles allowance for former Presidents and their deputies. He said it is illegal.
A copy of the protest letter which was made available to www.gongnews.net had charges that, “our organisation is a non-State actor with specialty to the obedience to rule of law and Construction of Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999 (as amended), adherence to Acts and Resolutions as passed by the National Assembly and enforcement of judgements delivered by the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
“We have noted the approval in 2017 Appropriation Act the allocation of N210million proposed for procurement of vehicles for seven former Presidents and Heads of State. We have also noted the approval in the 2017 Appropriation Act the allocated sum of N210million proposed for procurement of vehicles for former Vice Presidents and Chief of General Staff.
Hon Ihuoma added “we have observed that the sum of N40million was released for the former Heads of State and former Presidents from the Federal Government last year. We are worried that the monetisation policy of 2000 did not cover the offices of Mr. President and Governors/Deputy Governor.
According to him: “we are concerned that the provision of the constitution as regards pension for former president and Governors and Deputy Governors does not include monetisation of fringe benefits.
He asserted his organisation’s “disagreement in monetisation of Vehicle allowances to the above officials which runs contrary to section 84(5) of the 1999 constitution (as amended).
Hon Ihuoma thereby demanded of the SGF to procure the said vehicles and allocate same to the former Heads of State and Presidents as well as former Chief of General Staff and Vice Presidents in line with Section 84 (5) of the 1999 constitution (as amended);
That the SGF do recover the used vehicles and auction same to interested members of the public at the depreciation value;
And, in addition, that the Federal Government owe the affected officials adequate protection after a meritorious service and as such should not expose them to “tokunbo vehicles which the monetisation policy will lead to”