Committee set up by Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, to investigate the hoarding of government vehicles by the previous administration yesterday said that former Governor Jonah Jang and his wife, Talatu, illegally went away with15 vehicles from the Government House.
The committee which was headed by former Secretary to the State Government, Ezekiel Gomos, while submitting its report to the state SSG, Rufus Bature, said all efforts to recover the vehicles from Jang had failed and suggested that legal action be taken to retrieve the vehicles.
Gomos said though the former governor and his wife were entitled to nine vehicles as approved by exco decision, government house records revealed that they had reclaimed 24 vehicles, adding that the 15 extra contravened a policy put in place by the former governor.
The chairman said “an atmosphere was created to give the impression that government vehicles were automatic part of the entitlements of anyone working with the governor upon exit of office.
“This encourages all manners of persons including personal aids and domestic helps go away with such vehicles. This was accentuated by the rash of approvals given by the former governor to such aides immediately it was clear that a new administration was coming into office.”
Gomos further explained that the committee found that vehicles boarded based on state council approval were191while vehicles boarded based on the former governor’s executive fiat was 32, and vehicles taken away illegally without approval or exco cover were 24.
Gomos said the committee had, however, recovered 30 vehicles while 28 former officers had refused to return their vehicles on the grounds that they were approved from the former governor, a decision he said contravened the state council’s decision.
The committee recommended that all appropriate court actions be taken by the state government to recover the vehicles.
Bature thanked the committee and assured them that government intends to implement most if not all the recommendations.
All efforts to reach the legislative aide to former Governor Jang, now senator, Barrister Olivia Dazyem to get their reaction proved abortive, as calls put to her phone was not picked.
However, media aide to Jang, Chris Gyang in a text message sent to our correspondent said he was “consulting the senator and his wife who are currently out of the country over the allegations and will respond appropriately in due course.”

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