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No severance package for Jonathan's ministers

02 January 2016, 16:05

Abuja - At least 14 ministers who served in the administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan will not receive any severance package from the Muhammadu Buhari government, reports The Nation.

The affected ministers have allegedly failed to meet the requirements for benefitting from such package.

The former cabinet members that may forfeit their severance package were said to have spent less than two years in office to qualify for the package.

Buhari has insisted in following lay down procedures in the implementation of the terms of appointment of the 14 former ministers.

A clause in appointment letters of the former ministers reads in part: “Severance Allowance of 300 %of Annual Basic Salary payable after full tenure of office with government. The allowance will be pro-rated after a minimum of two years tenure.”

The affected ex-ministers had barely spent a year or three months in office before the expiration of the tenure of Jonathan on May 28.

Also read: Jonathan swears in Obanikoro, seven others as ministers

The affected former ministers are Senator Musiliu Obanikoro (Lagos)-Minister of State for Foreign Affairs II; Kenneth Kobani (Rivers)-Minister of State for Trade and Investment; Patricia Akwashiki (Nasarawa)-Minister of Information; Nicholas Akise Ada (Benue)- Minister of State for Foreign Affairs I; Augustine Akobundu (Abia)- Minister of State for Defence; Fidelis Nwankwo (Ebonyi)-Minister of State for Health; Hauwa Lawan (Jigawa)-Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs and Senator Joel Danlami Ikenya (Taraba)-Minister of Labour and Productivity.

Others are Benjamin Osita Chidoka (Aviation); ex-Governor Ibrahim Shekarau (Minister of Education); Steve Oru (Minister for the Niger Delta); Clement Adeyeye (Minister of State for Works); and Abdul Bulama (Minister of Science and Technology) and Dr. Abubakar Olanrewaju Suleiman(National Planning).

Read more at The Nation.

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