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Lawmakers To Get SUVs Worth #130 Million

The House of Representatives has confirmed the National Assembly is in the process of acquiring and issuing utility Prado jeeps worth #130 million to legislators, which consists of 109 Senators and 360 members of the House of Representatives.

The spokesperson of the House of Representatives, Rep. Rotimi Akin, stated this in a statement on Sunday night in Abuja, coming at a time when the nation is struggling with economic hardship.

He said the development aligned with the existing procurement laws, adding that it was a customary practice in past assemblies.

Akin said the distribution of concerned vehicles was tied to legislators’ oversight functions in the discharge of their duties within the standing committees, and the cars were not personal gifts.

“For the duration of the 10th assembly, spanning from 2023 to 2027, these vehicles will remain the property of the National Assembly.

“However, should the government’s extant assets deboarding policy still be in place at the end of the assembly’s tenure in 2027, lawmakers may have the option to purchase the vehicles before they become their property.”

Akin stressed the importance of the vehicles in improving the performance of their duties, especially when it comes to oversight functions in various parts of the nation.

He stated that the aim was to make sure that government interventions, policies, and programs were effectively executed, no matter where Nigerian citizens live.

He emphasized the percentage of the lawmaker’s budget as part of the national budget, which had constantly decreased over the past decade and currently stands at 0.5 percent of the federal budget.

He implored stakeholders to focus on cutting costs in the right areas while supporting legislators in their efforts to accomplish their duties effectively and with integrity.

He stated the vehicles were not status symbols but work tools intended to facilitate enhanced representation, oversight functions, and constituency outreach by elected representatives.

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