Amid Recession, Lawmakers Get 200 Exotic Cars
The economy is in turmoil but the lawmakers won't be deprived of their 'benefits'
The Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazak Namdas, disclosed that over 200 members had been given Peugeot 508 series for “utility services.”
Namdas stated that by the plan of the House, all 360 lawmakers would have taken delivery of their cars by December 31.
Each of the vehicles cost N17m and will consume a total of N6.1bn to supply all 360 units.
Namdas spoke further, “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 installments.
“The House and the company (Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited) agreed to this arrangement of paying and supplying in installments.
“Naturally, not all the members can get their cars at the same time and we have explained to them why this cannot be possible.”
At a meeting before proceeding on recess on July 27, lawmakers had reportedly put Dogara on the spot by demanding the sacking of the Chairman, Committee on House Services, Nasiru Baballe-Ila.
Baballe-Ila’s offence was that he “practically forced” the House to go for Peugeot 508 as against the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado or Camry, which the majority of lawmakers preferred.
Investigations showed that in the last few days, more supplies of the Peugeot 508 had been received, raising the number to “over 200.”