Why we bought cars worth N3.6bn for members – House of Reps

The House of Representatives on Thursday gave reasons why it took the decision to buy cars worth N3.6bn amidst the economic situation of the country.

The House is expected to make payment for 360 cars for its members within a period of 24 months.

It was learnt that the lower chamber has already taken delivery of 50 cars and are expecting more.

The Deputy Chairman, Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Jonathan Gaza said members are expected to work harder during the recession and are not expected to trek to the MDAs for oversight functions.

He added, “In a recession, we will all put on our thinking caps. We are working; these are committees’ cars and they are not the personal property of members.

“When you came here today, how did you come? Did you walk down to this place (National Assembly) from your house?

“If a member is going to visit an agency, will he trek there?

“We need materials, computers, stationery, cars; these are all for work.”

Asked if the National Assembly would approve President Muhammadu Buhari’s $29bn loan request, Gaza said it was still under discussion.

He also declined speaking on whether the government has started releasing funds for constituency projects.

“We don’t release money for constituency projects. Our work is to pass the budget and we passed the 2016 budget. It is the responsibility of the executive to release funds for projects.

“Also, the money is not paid into our pockets, we don’t touch it,” he replied.

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