Reps Spend N6.1bn On Official Cars, 200 Vehicles Arrive As Salaries Remain Unpaid

N6.1bn Official Cars: Reps Receive 200 Vehicles Amid Unpaid Salaries

N6.1bn Official Cars: Reps Receive 200 Vehicles Amid Unpaid Salaries

N6.1bn Official Cars: Reps Receive 200 Vehicles Amid Unpaid Salaries
House of Reps. (Premium Times)

Notwithstanding the worrying state of the economy and the peculiar fact that all 360 members of the House of Representatives are yet to receive their salaries for the month of July, members of the lower federal legislative body have taken delivery of at least 200 exotic cars.

At a time the economy remains in recession and many infrastructural projects have been abandoned due to paucity of funds, it is hard to explain why buying new vehicles should be the priority of Nigerian lawmakers as this is not the first time such purchases would be made.

While defending the purchase of the luxury cars, Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Abdulrazak Namdas, said the Peugeot 508 series cars were given to members for “utility services.”

Namdas explained that the House planned to purchase vehicles for all 360 members by December 31.

Over 200 have been supplied out of 360 and we are still getting more. Every member will get a car by the end of this year. The issue is that the payment and supply of the vehicle is being done in instalments.

“The House and the company (Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited) agreed to this arrangement of paying and supplying in instalments.

“Naturally, not all the members can get their cars at the same time and we have explained to them why this cannot be possible.”

One senator once called for an end to the policy of buying official cars for the federal lawmakers but his advice must have been waved off like a bad smell.

According to the Punch, each of the vehicles cost N17m which implies that the procurement of the eventual 360 cars would cost about N6.1bn. Such expensive lifestyle maintained at the expense of the average Nigerian left without basic comforts is perhaps one of the lowest points of the Nigerian democratic experience.

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 05:23:56 +0000
Tobi Adebowale


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