SUVs purchase: Senate shuns local automobile firms - Welcome to Uju Ayalogu's Blog

Breaking News

Post Top Ad

Thursday, 15 August 2019

SUVs purchase: Senate shuns local automobile firms

SUVs purchase: Senate shuns local automobile firms

The ad hoc Welfare Committee set up by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, did not recommend the purchase of Sports Utility Vehicles assembled by local firms as official vehicles for members.

The panel, headed by Senator Abubakar Kyari, was constituted immediately after the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly.

Our Correspondent learnt that the panel allegedly rejected suggestions by some members to patronise local automobile firms.

The committee was saddled with the responsibility of ensuring the allocation of offices to members and determine loans for officials’ vehicles and accommodation.

A member of the panel told our correspondent on condition of anonymity on Thursday that the majority of those in the committee argued that they could not guarantee the quality of the vehicles assembled in Nigeria.

READ ALSO :    Enugu monarchs want law designating them as chief security officers

The source said, “It was true that we considered suggestions in some quarters to patronise the automobile firms in Nigeria but the fear of their products’ quality, stalled the plans.

“Since the vehicles would be given to members on loans, we should be careful not to purchase vehicles that we may not be able to guarantee their quality and durability.

“There was a time that the House of Representatives purchased ‘Made-in-Nigeria’ cars for their members but we know the complaints that greeted the exercise.

“We want to avoid such situation that is why we settled for the importation of brand new jeeps that would meet the standard and specification of our members who would pay for them from their salaries and allowances.

Another member of the panel, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said arrangements for the purchase of the new vehicles would be concluded before the lawmakers resume on September 24.

It was learnt that the Senate was considering the purchase of Toyota Land Cruiser SUVs for its 109 members at an estimated cost of about N50m each.

The upper chamber would, therefore, require about over N5.5bn for the vehicles including a few additional ones for the Presiding officers.

READ ALSO :    JUST IN: Buhari Approves Bills, Changes Nigerian Prison Service To Correctional Service And Federal University Of Agriculture Makurdi To Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University

Are you an artiste? Do you want your music to go viral and reach a large number of audience? Promote your music and Submit your story on by clicking here. For Advert Inquiries Tel/+44(0)7590363984

For More:   Subscribe to

Share This

No comments:

Post a comment

Post Bottom Ad