Amidst severe security challenges in the country, it would do the security outfits a whole lot of good if they can be better equipped to combat the growing crime rate looming on a daily basis. The Nigerian Senate has a whooping ₦5.5b budget to purchase brand new cars for its principal officers, which is sufficient to acquire thirty six helicopters for the Nigeria’s Police Force.
With this development, such redirected purchase will afford every state in the federation a helicopter to combat banditry, robbery, insurgency, kidnaping and several other forms of perpetuated crimes, presently affecting the country.
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₦5.5 billion Senate's budget for new cars will buy 36 Robinson R-44 Raven II helicopters, at ₦153.6m for police
In case you are wondering how many cars this ₦5.5 billion can buy; the budget will buy a shocking 595 Innoson Carrier 4×2 priced at ₦9.4 million per unit or 197 IVM G80 SUV with a starting price of ₦27.8 million.
Senator Adedayo Adeyeye, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, recently made it known that efforts and lawsuits made by BudgIT, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), Enough is Enough (EiE) and petitions from 6,721 concerned citizens, are bound to fail.
He disclosed this in Abuja, while talking to the reporters, that:
“It (suit) is an exercise in futility, a complete exercise in futility”
“Directors of agencies, even minor officials in agencies use official cars. So why will the National Assembly be different? Why should it be a problem that the National Assembly is entitled to cars, to use official cars?
“Some of the vehicles they bought four years ago were no longer serviceable while others have probably been sold to their users”
With such amount, 595 Innoson Carrier can be acquired to strengthen Nigeria's Police Force in fighting crimes
Kola Oludare, spokesman for civil society group, made this known while speaking with CNN, that:
“They can have official cars but why would they spend such an amount buying cars for 109 Senators when more than half of Nigerians are living in abject poverty”
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) carried out a study in 2013 which revealed that lawmakers in Nigeria are the highest salary earners on the planet.
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