House Of Reps To Produce Prado SUVs, Worth N130m To Each Lawmaker

The House of Representatives has assured the delivery of a Toyota Prado SUVs 2023 Model Car, worth N130 million to each of the lawmakers.

The Chairman House Committee on Media and Public Affairs of the Green-Chambers, Mr. Akin Rotimi confirmed this in a statement Sunday night.

The development is coming amidst hardship, a constituents of the said lawmakers facing on a daily basis, as a result of a fuel subsidy removal, announced by the Tinubu’s administration on 29th May.

According to him while reacting to media reports that trails the controversial SUVs, “they are not personal vehicles, ” he said.

He mentioned that the vehicles are utility operational 2023 model Prado SUVs and are tied to their oversight functions and to be used in the discharge of their duties in the standing committees.

He added that the vehicles would remain the property of the National Assembly at the expiration of the tenure of the 10th Assembly in 2027, should the extant assets deboarding policy of government still be in place.

He said members have the option of making payment for the outstanding value of the vehicles to government coffers before they can claim ownership.

The statement read, “The House of Representatives is monitoring a trending topic across multiple traditional and online media, concerning the allocation of vehicles to honourable members, and because this issue has understandably generated significant public interest, we believe Nigerians deserve feedback from their elected representatives.

“While many versions of this story carry varying exaggerations, we can confirm that the National Assembly bureaucracy is in the phased process of procuring and distributing operational vehicles to honourable members over the coming weeks and months.

“This development is in accordance with extant procurement laws and has been the practice in previous assemblies. It is also not peculiar to the legislature, as unelected government officials in the Executive arm of government from the Director level and above, in most cases, have official vehicles attached to their offices.

Blue Pen learned that ccording to many Nigerians, it is a shame on the lawmakers to accept such privileges, at a time when their people are in need of them to fulfill promises made during campaigns to make life better for them.