20 More Exotic Cars Worth N340m Arrive for House of Reps
Undeterred by the public outcry over their purchase of luxury vehicles amid widespread poverty, the House of Representatives has taken delivery of 20 more exotic cars for its members, Punch writes.
The latest batch of imported vehicles for the lawmakers arrived at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja on Sunday, bringing the total number of cars delivered to 260.
Following the decision of the House to buy ‘utility’ or ‘committee’ vehicles, this means that 100 units are still being awaited to make the vehicles go round all 360 members of the House.
It is understood that each unit is supplied at the price tag of N17m, bringing the total cost of the 360 units at N6.1bn.
The cars, which began arriving last Friday, were neatly parked at a filling station adjoining the National Assembly Annex I and II premises.
A National Assembly official who spoke on condition of anonymity said:
“These additions came after so much pressure was mounted on the Chairman, Committee on House Services, Mr. Nasiru Baballe-Ila, by members.
“You will recall that the delayed supply of the utility cars since 2015 has been a source of friction in the House.
“Many members are disappointed in Baballe-Ila that in almost three years, his committee and the bureaucracy of the National Assembly are unable to supply utility vehicles to members.
“You will recall that as recently as October, about 120 members still did not have cars. With the additional 20, it means that 100 more lawmakers will wait into the New Year (2018) to get cars.”
Baballe-Ila had allegedly convinced the leadership of House in 2015 to opt for Peugeot 508 cars, but delivery could not be made as Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited, PAN, reportedly later became uncomfortable with the deal.
With the development, the remaining units were supplied by other contractors, who resorted to importing the units from outside Nigeria, especially Dubai in the United Arab Emirate.
Meanwhile, the Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas, said the arrival of the additional units merely confirmed the promise of the House to deliver the vehicles to members in batches.
“The cars will come in batches until all the members have their utility vehicles,” he stated.
It appears the public may have their say, but these lawmakers must have their way…