Sunday, 3 December 2017

Reps Members Get Additional 20 ‘Utility’ Cars



Some members of the Federal House of Representative, have reportedly received their “utility” vehicle after the delivery of 20 exotic cars at the National Assembly in Abuja, on Friday.


Investigations by Punch newspaper revealed that the additional 20 units brought the total number of cars delivered to 260.


Each unit is supplied at the price tag of N17m. This leaves the total cost of the 360 units at N6.1bn.


One National Assembly official said, “These additions came after so much pressure was mounted on the Chairman, Committee on House Services, Mr. Nasiru Baballe-Ila, by members.


“You will recall that the delayed supply of the utility cars since 2015 has been a source of friction in the House.


“Many members are disappointed in Baballe-Ila that in almost three years, his committee and the bureaucracy of the National Assembly are unable to supply utility vehicles to members.


“You will recall that as recently as October, about 120 members still did not have cars. With the additional 20, it means that 100 more lawmakers will wait into the New Year (2018) to get cars.”


The PUNCH learnt that most of the units were not supplied by PAN, but by other contractors, who resorted to importing the units from outside Nigeria, especially Dubai in the United Arab Emirate.


Recall that Baballe-Ila had convinced the leadership of House in 2015 to opt for Peugeot 508 cars with an initial understanding with Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited to supply the units in phases.


However, PAN reportedly later became uncomfortable with the deal, while the committee opened the gates for several sub-contractors to assume the supply of the vehicles.

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