Shekarau: Ex-Jonathan Ministers Didn’t Ask For Severance Package From Buhari’s Administration
A former Governor of Kano State and immediate past Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, has said neither him nor some of his former colleagues asked for severance package from President Muhammadu Buhari.
The former Minister said since they joined the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan at a later date, they knew they would not benefit from severance allowance.
Shekarau was reacting reports that he and 13 other former Ministers in the past administration may forfeit their severance allowance since they did not spend up to two years in office, in accordance to the terms of their letters of appointment.
In a report on Saturday titled ‘Severance Allowance: Obanikoro, Shekarau, 12 Other Jonathan Ministers Lose Out’, NGTrends reported that a clause in the appointment letters of the Ministers in the Jonathan administration read 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”.
Debunking the report as ‘inaccurate and presumptuous’ in a statement through his Special Adviser on Media, Sule Yau Sule, Malam Shekarau explained that just like his counterparts in Jonathan’s cabinet, he did not request for severance allowance from the present administration, therefore, the question of their being refused, does not arise.
The statement reads: “For the avoidance of doubt and to set the records straight, the ministers who joined the Jonathan administration at a later date were aware they were not entitled to severance package since they did not meet the two-year benchmark.
“They were aware of the extant laws on compensation as they affect public office holders and did not request to be paid what they were not entitled to, either while in office or after they left.
“Therefore, the claim that the former ministers may forfeit their severance pay is both inaccurate and presumptuous.
“It must be reiterated here that the primary motivation for Malam in accepting appointment into the Federal Executive Council was to serve this country for which he remains grateful and harbours no regrets”.