Sum of N280.1 million cash payment was earmarked for former presidents and heads of states in 2017 to procure cars, and so far N40 million has been released waiting for the balance of N240.1 to be paid once, Punch said.
Consequently, former Vice Presidents were to receive vehicles worth N120million, approved for 2017.
All this was incorporated into 2017 budget which will still be in operation till may.
Vehicles worth N120m were also approved to be purchased for former Vice-Presidents in 2017.
The 2017 budget will still be in execution till May.
The former leaders have decide to receive cash instead of the cars so as to buy cars of their choice.
The former Presidents who are beneficiaries include Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.), Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (retd.).
Also, the former Vice-Presidents include Mr. Sambo Dasuki, Abubakar Atiku, the late Alex Ekwueme, all former chiefs of general staff inclusive.
The statement issued in regards to the procurement was presented in Abuja on Tuesday to the House of Representatives’ Committee on Governmental Affairs by Mr. Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, adding that the process to obtain vehicles for Vice President is ongoing.
Noteworthy is that another N96 million and N90 million have been proposed in 2018 for former Presidents and Vice Presidents respectively.
Mustapha appeared before the committee to review the 2017 budget of his office and defend the estimates for 2018.
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.
It partly read, “the approved personnel cost for 2017 was N3,408,763,591.00. This covered the remuneration of the President, Vice-President, ministers, political office holders and members of staff of the OSGF from January to December, 2017.”
The SGF’ s office had a total budgetary allocation of N9.5bn in 2017.
It was broken into N3.4bn for personnel cost; N3.6bn for overheads; and N2.4bn for capital projects.