The media was agog with news about members of the House of Representatives allegedly about to acquire 400 exotic foreign cars, shunning local car brands. The decision was said to have been arrived at a closed-door session consisting of the executive members on February 5, 2020. In line with this development, the lawmakers have kicked off a move to ensure that the cars that will be delivered to the national assembly are not refurbished or smuggled cars.
The cars will be used by the lawmakers for their official duties
According to reports, the lawmakers insisted on taking delivery of foreign-made cars, rejecting locally made or assembled ones. There are claims that no fewer than fourteen (14) Toyota Land Cruiser Prado cars have been distributed to principal and presiding officers and some house committee chairmen.
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It was alleged that the 400 cars in question would be presented to each of the 360 members in the House of Representatives, as well as some management staff in top positions and the presiding officers' Chiefs of Staff.
PUNCH claims that a current member of the house who pleaded anonymity revealed to them that the move against refurbished or smuggled cars was needed after it was gathered that the National Assembly had become a dumping ground for such vehicles. According to him, some of the cars delivered earlier, particularly the Peugeot 508 vehicles, started developing problems as early as three months after they were received. Each of the cars was said to have cost ₦17 million.
To ensure that the purchase and distribution of the 400 cars are executed well, the house has reportedly created a committee to oversee the activities. The Committee on House Services Chairman, Wale Raji, is said to be part of the team overseeing the procurement. He, however, debunked the story of refurbished or smuggled cars being acquired. According to him, the lawmakers were entitled to make their choice of cars. The role of the National Assembly was to facilitate the bidding and supply.
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