Recession? House of Reps Splash N3.6 billion On Luxury Cars For Members

By Ikenga Chronicles November 14, 2016

Recession? House of Reps Splash N3.6 billion On Luxury Cars For Members

With many Nigerians barely able to afford one square meal, staggering unemployment, hardship wracking the faces of many Nigerians, members of the House of Representatives have started receiving 360 exotic cars valued at N10 million  each.

According to reports, the House allocated a whopping sum of N3.6 billion for the cars in the 2016 budget at a unit price of N 10 Million. Investigations revealed on Sunday, November 13 that 28 units of the Peugeot 508 series had already been delivered to lawmakers in Abuja.

A National Assembly top aide disclosed that the arrangement with Peugeot was that the company would supply the vehicles in batches because of the huge number of members involved.

“Fifty cars will be supplied in the first batch; 28 have already been delivered. That was last week. Twenty-two more in the first batch are expected to be delivered this week,” the source stated.

Findings indicate that the luxury cars would arrive in Abuja in batches till January, 2017 when all 360 members would have picked a unit. The luxury cars, officially known as ‘utility’ or ‘committee’ vehicles would be given to all 360 members.

Investigations showed that owing to paucity of funds, the lawmakers agreed with Peugeot to spread the payment of the N3.6bn across 24 months or “two years’ budget.

The Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazak Namdas, confirmed that members had started taking delivery of the vehicles.

Speaking on Sunday, Namdas stated that female lawmakers were the first in line to pick up their units, while their male counterparts would take their turn in subsequent batches.

Asked why the House would splash money on 360 exotic cars at a time the country was in recession, Namdas played down any reference to the cars as being “luxury.” He said, “This issue of cars is long overdue. They are not for luxury but for committee and oversight duties.

“The 8th Assembly is nearing two years, yet members have no cars to carry out their duties. Ministers and other officials in the executive have long bought vehicles for official duties. At the state level, members of the House of Assembly have cars to carry out basic functions. I think it is only fair that members of the National Assembly will have utility vehicles for their assignments.”

Namdas said that the choice of Peugeot 508 was to “look inward such that Peugeot, which is locally-assembled, will benefit and grow.”

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