Reports reaching us at Naijauto have it that various civil societies in Nigeria together with SERAP (Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project) have now sued the current Nigerian Senate (9th) to the Lagos Federal High court over the alleged ₦5.5 billion proposed as the 2019 budget for purchasing a new set of official cars for the senators.
This lawsuit is reported to have been filled by EiE (Enough is Enough), SERAP, BudgIT and over 6,721 other Nigerians, requesting the court to stop the proposed ₦5.5 billion from being giving to the current Senate until a complete downward review is done to the exorbitant amount.
Each senator of the current 9th Senate earns a total of ₦29,479,749 as monthly salary
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In an affidavit that the plaintiffs attached to this lawsuit, they were quoted, arguing that;
“Spending a huge sum of N5.550 billion to buy luxury cars for principal members of the ninth Senate is unjust and unfair.”
“The proposed spending by the ninth Senate raises pertinent questions: What is the economic value and contribution of the vehicles sought to be purchased to the grand scheme of Nigeria’s economy?
“What are the parameters used to arrive at cost efficiency and value for money in the decision to purchase the vehicles? Where are the vehicles purchased by the eighth Senate?
“The failure or refusal by the Senate to comply with legal and constitutional provisions is nothing but an act of arbitrariness."
Principal officers of Nigerian 9th Senate 2019
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Will the court agree that this ₦5.5billion is too much for senators’ official cars?
We will keep you updated once we have more info.
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