The Nigerian Senate has responded to an exclusive report exposing its plan to illegally spend an estimated N4.7 billion on exotic cars for its President, Bukola Saraki, and 108 other members.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Aliyu Abdullahi, on Sunday, the upper legislative chamber claimed the vehicles being procured were for committee assignments.
“The vehicles are not meant for individual Senators,” Mr. Abdullahi said. “They are purchased for the use of the committees.”
Mr. Abdullahi did not explain the kind of committee work that demands each of our 109 senators to have individual cars.
He also did not say what the Senate plans to do with the 11 cars that would be left after the 120 cars are distributed to Senators.
Committees of the National Assembly are known to travel for oversight duties in buses, and not in individual cars.
Those who should know have said that the purchase of the cars in the guise of buying it for committees is a ploy to circumvent the monetisation policy of government which forbids the purchase of official cars for public officials.