At least 14 Ministers in the immediate past Goodluck Jonathan administration will not be entitled to any severance allowance from the Muhammadu Buhari government having allegedly failed to meet the requirement for enjoying such benefits.
The ex-ministers that may forfeit their severance allowance are understood to have spent less than two years in office, a pre-condition contained in their appointment letters.
A clause in their appointment letters 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”.
It was learnt that some of the affected ex-ministers barely spent a year or three months in office and the Buhari administration has stuck to the implementation of the terms contained in their letters of appointment.
Those that fall in this category are Minister of State for Foreign Affairs II, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro; Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Mr Kenneth Kobani; Minister of Information, Patricia Akwashiki; Minister of State for Foreign Affairs I, Nicholas Akise Ada; Minister of State for Defence, Augustine Akobundu; Minister of State for Health, Fidelis Nwankwo; Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Hauwa Lawan and Minister of Labour and Productivity, Senator Joel Danlami Ikenya.
Others are Mr Osita Chidoka (Aviation), Ibrahim Shekarau (Minister of Education), Steve Oru (Minister for the Niger Delta); Clement Adeyeye (Minister of State for Works); Abdul Bulama (Minister of Science and Technology) and Abubakar Olanrewaju Suleiman (National Planning).
Confirming the development, spokesman for the Jonathan cabinet and one of the ministers, who won’t be entitled to severance allowance, Dr. Abubakar Olanrewaju Suleiman, said: “…some of the former ministers will not get severance package because they did not stay in office for two years”.