Another set of 20 cars purchased for members of the House of Representatives have arrived at the National Assembly, Punch reports.
According to the newspaper, the addition increases all delivered cars to 260 out of 360 members of the house.
Why it matters:
The House of Representatives had agreed to purchase new cars for members, which would be used as utility cars. The cars are meant to serve them for oversight functions.
Each unit is supplied at the price tag of N17m. This leaves the total cost of the 360 units at N6.1bn.
What is happening:
One National Assembly official said, “These additions came after so much pressure was mounted on the Chairman, Committee on House Services, 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.”