Our honorably legislators in the senate never cease to amaze me. With all the hue and cry about their fat salaries and jumbo allocations they seem not to be content. Just yesterday the House of Representative members approved the decision to purchase new vehicles.
The decision to buy the new vehicles was endorsed at a closed-door session presided over by the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal.
The committee vehicles are different from the N7m car loan each of the 360 lawmakers got at the beginning of the current tenure on June 6.
The Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Zakari Mohammed, confirmed the decision of the House when he spoke with journalists shortly after the meeting rose.
“Operational vehicles are coming; they have been approved. But, how many or brand of the vehicles, that has not been decided.
“When we decide on the number or brand of vehicles, we shall adequately inform the public,” he said.
Mohammed added that the initial N7m was a loan given to members to buy personal cars, “as different from operational vehicles.”
“The loan is already being deducted at source; the whole value will be paid,” he stated.
He claimed that the explanation was to guard against any speculation that might portray the House as embarking on a spending spree or wasting public funds.
Findings by our correspondent indicated that the total loan for all 360 lawmakers was about N2.5bn.
There are 89 standing committees in the House.
Incidentally, the sixth House headed by the immediate Speaker, Mr. Dimeji Bankole, also spent N2.3bn to procure 380 operational vehicles for lawmakers in 2008.
The Peugeot 407 cars were supplied by Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited for N6.1m each.
The House had explained that the vehicles were National Assembly property and would be left behind at the expiration of the tenure last June.
However, the departing legislators later paid about N800, 000 for each car and took them away.The contract for the cars became a sore point in the House as some lawmakers later alleged that the transaction was inflated.
We seriously need divine intervention in this country. Things are falling apart and the center can no longer hold