Dis­quiet in reps over N6.1bn ex­otic cars

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

There is dis­quiet in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives over de­lay by Peu­geot Au­to­mo­bile Nige­ria (PAN) to de­liver the bal­ance of 360 ex­otic cars or­dered for mem­bers of the House.

House spokesman, Ab­dulrazak Nam­das (APC, Adamawa) yes­ter­day said ef­forts were be­ing made for the cars to be de­liv­ered as soon as pos­si­ble, say­ing “What I can’t be spe­cific about is the date or month, but I know that the rest of the cars will be de­liv­ered very soon.”

Lead­er­ship of the House had or­dered 360 units of Peu­goet 508 for the mem­bers of the House, Daily Trust has learnt. The deal which cost about N1.6 bil­lion has been thrown into con­tro­versy as on about 170 units have supplied, two years into the life of the leg­is­la­ture.

Sources among law­mak­ers told Daily Trust in Abuja yes­ter­day that they sus­pected foul play in the han­dling of the mat­ter, adding that “First, some of us never wanted Peu­geot cars, but when they forced that on us, we ac­cepted. But here we are; over two years into our ten­ure, about half of us don’t have of­fi­cial ve­hi­cles, which are sup­posed to be used for com­mit­tee ac­tiv­i­ties.”

An­other law­maker told our cor­re­spon­dent that cri­sis looms in the House over the mat­ter, be­cause even out of the over 170 ve­hi­cles supplied so far, the man­ner in which they were dis­trib­uted was “un­fair.”

It was gath­ered that the law­mak­ers had agreed to dis­trib­ute the first 50 batch of the ve­hi­cles, supplied in Oc­to­ber last year, among fe­male law­mak­ers to be fol­lowed by com­mit­tee chair­men and their deputies.

How­ever, a law­maker said the House has de­vi­ated from that ar­range­ment, “I can’t be lob­by­ing to get what is sup­posed to be my right. If you go to the of­fice of the House ser­vices com­mit­tee chair­man, you’ll see law­mak­ers queu­ing to lobby for the cars.

“As I speak, many com­mit­tee chair­men were not given, while other non-com­mit­tee chair­men were given. The man­ner of dis­tri­bu­tion is un­fair.”

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