6th June, 2011
Some civil servants in Sokoto State have started selling off the vehicles purchased for them by the state government through loan.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the government had last month distributed 600 vehicles to workers between grade levels 10 and 16 under its N 1.6 billion vehicle purchase and refurnishing loan scheme.
The vehicles included 50 Kia Cerato, 100 Rio, 200 Hyundai Accent.
Some 850 members of staff on grade levels 07 to 10 received sums of money ranging from N500,000 to N800,000 .
However, barely three weeks after the distribution of the vehicles, some of the beneficiaries have started selling off the cars at give-away prices.
Some of the vehicles which were bought for N 1.4 million and given to the workers at about N 1.2 million are being sold for N800,000.
NAN investigation shows that some rich civil servants, car dealers and some Sokoto residents are now buying the cars at between N1.1 million and N1.2 million.
â€œWallahi, I got a car but I have concluded plans to sell it to buy two plots of land in Sokoto because I have another car,â€ a staff who chose to remain anonymous said.