House Of Reps Members Defy Recession, Purchase N3.6 Billion Worth Of Official VehiclesThe House of Representatives has made Nigerians talking as it confirm the delivery of 28 Peugeot 508 cars for their oversight functions even as the recession hit harder on the citizens.
According to Punch, the vehicles are part of the first batch of 50 official cars meant for the members of the Green Chambers.
The House, in the controversial 2016 budget, earmarked N3.6b for the purchase of 360 vehicles for the lawmakers.
Reports say Peugeot entered into an agreement with the House to deliver the vehicle in batches because of the number demanded.
The lawmakers also agreed with the automobile company to spread the payment over two years.
A source said “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.”
Another source revealed that the lawmakers would have taken delivery of the cars in June, but could not, because of the delay in passing the 2016 budget.
The source said “The House was not sure of the provisions in the budget owing to the general drop in the revenue available to the Federal Government this year.
“So, they delayed it till the budget was passed before they continued with the procurement processing.”
According to the Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazak Namdas,
“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 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.”
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has called on the Economic Crimes Financial Commission (EFCC) to arrest the individuals behind the trending MMM scheme branding it as fraud.