Senate Justify Purchase Of 360 SUVs For Lawmakers, Kept Silent On Cost


Oct 25,2023.

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The 10th Senate led by Godswill Akpabio, has justified the purchase of 360 Sports Utility Vehicles for lawmakers.

The decision of the lawmakers in the Red Chamber to purchase exotic cars has been widely condemned in the country.

The Chairman of the Committee on Senate Services, Sunday Karimi, during a press conference on Tuesday, however, stated that Nigerians are picking on lawmakers but ignoring ministers who have about four official vehicles.Karimi said,Quote

“Somebody that is a minister has more than three Land Cruisers, Prado and other vehicles and you are not asking them questions, why us?

“These vehicles that you see, go to Nigeria roads today, If I go home once, my senatorial district, I come back spending a lot on my vehicles because our roads are bad.

“I said the decision that we took on using Land Cruiser is the cost and durability.

“Before they came up with this. It is not the decisions of the senators alone, we analysed arriving at Land Cruisers.

“It was based on a comparative analysis of the cost of technical issues and durability on Nigerian roads.

”We want something that we can maintain for another four years and the issue of buying vehicles from the National Assembly, you know it is a recurring issue, it occurs every assembly, it will always come up.”

The lawmaker further explained that even at the state level, assembly members had access to official vehicles.
Karimi added,Quote

“If you got to state Houses of Assembly today, check out, most of them before they were even inaugurated, the governor would have bought vehicles waiting for them even local government chairmen.

“I drove the vehicle my local government chairman uses, so why the National Assembly?”

Karimi who justified the high cost of the vehicles said it was because the National Assembly owed the suppliers about N16bn.

He said, “I am the chairman of, the senate service. When I came into the senate, when they gave me their liability, they had a liability of over N16 billion that is made up of different vehicles of the 7th, 8th and 9th Assemblies.

“If you are a businessman and you supply vehicles for somebody in 2014 or 2015 or so and up till now they owed you.

“I am not trying to defend anybody, if you see them selling Land Cruisers in the market let’s say it is A cost, you don’t expect somebody that will supply it to supply it at the price they are selling it in the market.

“It has to leave a margin and the civil service for supply allowed for 25% margin plus that and VAT and I think that VAT is 7.5. Out of that 25% margin, they will still remove 5% tax from it.

“You are telling someone to supply and he may even not end up making payment for three years and you want him to supply at the price they are selling in the market, it is not possible.(

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