A committee has been set up by the Federal Government saddled with the responsibility of recovering government property from former government officials.
Sources close to the Presidency revealed that a number of former government officials are still in possession of vehicles, buildings, generator sets and other entitlements that came with their previous positions.
According to the sources, many officials who served under the Jonathan administration are yet to return government properties.
To this effect, government has set up a committee made up of civil servants and security agents to recover the unreturned public assets from the political office holders, who had left office.
During a chat with some newsmen in Abuja on Sunday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, confirmed the situation.
“That is precisely the case, even here at the Villa, there are cars and other property belonging to the government which are yet to be returned.”
According to him, the Buhari’s administration will soon begin to demand for the return of these assets.
He stressed that the aim was not to embarrass anyone but to return the properties to government.
“The properties belong to the Nigerian people. We are not trying to humiliate anyone by asking them to return their cars or houses,” he added.
When asked whether the state and local governments were facing similar challenges with retrieving government property from their predecessors, Shehu said that he was not in a position to confirm or deny this.
He, however, added that he would not be surprised if that was the case, as this attitude of holding on to government property “even after leaving office must be a natural outcome of the culture of impunity that has prevailed in Nigeria over the past years of PDP rule.
“But change has come; that is why we have to do things differently now.’’
He reiterated President Buhari’s commitment to running an austere government that would save the Nigerian people millions in public funds.
“Imagine how much Nigeria will save by retrieving and re-using these government properties instead of purchasing new ones for new government officials,’’ he said.
BREAKING: ASUU meeting with FG end in deadlock, strike to continue
The meeting between the federal government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Tuesday ended without an agreement.
As a result of this, the six-month-old strike embarked on by public university lecturers is set to continue.
The lecturers met with the Professor Nimi Briggs Committee at the National University Commission (NUC) in Abuja with high hopes of resolving the impasse.
A senior member of ASUU said that members of the Briggs renegotiation committee didn’t come with any new offer on the table.
According to him, the committee pleaded with the lecturers to suspend the ongoing strike, with promises that their concerns will be included in the 2023 budget.
The meeting started at about 12pm and lasted for about three hours.
ASUU has been on strike since February 14.
Suspected thugs destroy Tinubu’s Emilokan billboard in Lagos (PHOTO)
Some persons suspected to be political thugs have vandalized a billboard of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, in Lagos.
The billboard located on the close to the third mainland bridge was destroyed on Tuesday morning.
The action sparked tension online as some APC members have accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
EFCC recovers another 1.4bn naira for NHIS
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recovered an additional sum of one billion, four hundred million naira (N1.4 Billion) for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
In a statement via its official Twitter handle, the money, according to the commission, was part of the funds which some commercial banks ‘fraudulently’ refused to transmit to the Treasury Single Account, TSA, since 2015.
The statement further said the money had been released to the NHIS since August 5, 2022.
It also revealed that the Commission had in similar fashion on February 10, 2022, released a sum of N1.5bn to the scheme.
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