OrderPaperToday – The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha has said the purchase of Prado jeeps for former presidents would be monetised.
He made this declaration at the budget defence of SGF office on Thursday before the Senate committee on Federal Character.
Boss said: “They are entitled to that by law. We took a decision that instead of buying these vehicles, we should give them the money and let them buy vehicles of their choices. One of them qualified for it this year and that was why the N40 million was paid. The remaining, hopefully will qualify for it next year or thereabout.
“I quite understand that there is an appropriation but there are other government policies especially when it comes to the issue of monetisation of vehicles particularly. I believe that it also applies to the National Assembly.
Buttressing his point, he added that “they are elder statesmen. Probably, the kind of vehicles that we want to buy for them may not be their preference. We are even talking about Prado jeeps here, all of them might not be disposed to riding Prado jeeps because of age.
“They might want a salon because that is the one that will provide them with maximum comfort. Because they are elder statesman, we defer to that and there were circulars to that effect that it can be monetised and their money given to them.”