by Hauwa Gambo
We couldn’t help recalling the immortal words of the Wizkid song, “If you see me drive by, holla at your boy!” with senators likely to take delivery of their official 2011 model Toyota Land Cruiser jeeps this week.
According to The Nation newspaper, in the sixth Senate, the representatives settled for the Toyota Camry at unit cost of N9million – but the new set have certainly stepped up their game. According to the website of the car manufacturer, the unit cost of the vehicle translates to over N16 million –b which would put total cost for all 109 senators at N1.7 billion.
See excerpts of the story from the paper: http://www.thenationonlineng.net/2011/index.php/news/36544-n1-8bn-jeeps-for-senators.html
“A competent source in the National Assembly told our correspondents yesterday that the senators opted for the Land Cruiser jeep because of its unique features.
“Some of the features of the Land Cruiser obtained online include: Displacement cc – 4500; Transmission – Automatic; and Fuel Type – Diesel.
“Sources said “no contractor” was used in purchasing the vehicles.
“The National Assembly Service Commission reportedly handled the purchase transaction. The Commission, sources said, might have opted to buy directly from the manufacturer to reduce cost. Sources said the delivery of the vehicles will be in batches while vehicle documents would be handed over to individual senators in their offices after delivery.
“It was also gathered that furnishing of offices of senators would commence this week as contracts for the supply of refrigerators, computers and other office equipment have been sealed.
“Efforts to speak with the Chairman, Senate Committee on Information, Media and Public Affairs, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, on the supply of the jeeps and other office items were unsuccessful as he did not answer calls put across to him yesterday. But a senator who spoke to one of our correspondents on condition of anonymity simply said “we have been on this issue for some time.””