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Osun demands the return of official vehicles owned by previous appointees

Apr 18, 2024 | Politics | 0 comments

The Osun State Government has issued a directive for all former political appointees who served under the administration of the immediate past governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, to return any official vehicles they may still have in their possession. This announcement comes as part of efforts to recover government assets that were allegedly taken without authorization.

According to Mr. Teslim Igbalaye, the Secretary to the State Government, some former officials may have wrongly taken government vehicles based on approvals granted by the former Head of Service, which were deemed illegal. The law stipulates specific conditions under which political appointees may be permitted to retain official vehicles upon leaving office, including serving for a minimum of two years and making prescribed payments to the government.

While clarifying the situation, Igbalaye highlighted that certain approvals granted by the former governor for the release of official vehicles followed due process. However, any permissions granted by the former Head of Service were declared illegal.

In response, the Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress criticised the government’s initial blanket accusation against all former administration appointees. The party spokesperson, Mr. Kola Olabisi, emphasised the importance of thorough investigation to avoid unjust accusations and advised against any unlawful actions by the current administration.

The directive underscores the state government’s commitment to accountability and the proper management of public resources while also highlighting the need for due diligence and adherence to legal procedures in asset recovery efforts.

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