Car Allocation: Reps Members Want Cash To Buy Their Choice Vehicle

Tired of waiting for the allocation of their official Peugeot 508 utility cars, some members of the Nigerian House of Representatives, are now considering other options, The Nation gathered yesterday.

Such Reps are said to prefer taking the N17million cash budgeted for each of them to buy a car of their choice.

The House leadership is not opposed to the idea,sources said.

Many member of the Green Chamber had complained to Speaker Yakubu Dogara and his principal officers about alleged poor welfare,citing non-allocation of official cars to them,among other grievances, two years after their swearing in.

But the resolution of the car issue seems to have calmed some frayed nerves in the House,sources said.

A lawmaker from the Northcentral told The Nation by phone yesterday that some Reps who wanted the Peugeot car had received allocation papers from the Nasir Baballe Ila – led House Services Committee.

He said the allocation letter was to the tune of N17m, the unit price for a Peugeot 508.

He said some Reps appear to prefer other brands.

He said: “I will not say that the House leadership has not delivered the vehicles because all female members have taken possession of theirs including some male lawmakers, while some others have the allocation letter.

“The reason you may not see most of the Peugeot 508 cars in the National Assembly complex could be that many prefer to either keep them at home in Abuja here or back home in their States.

” I can tell you that many of my colleagues opted for the allocation letter of N17m which gives you the liberty to purchase any vehicle of your choice.

“I cannot tell you the actual number of my colleagues that have taken the allocation letter or those that have taken possession of cars, it is the House Services Committee that can confirm that but many have got one or the other”.

On whether members are still at loggerheads with the leadership over the issue, the source said, the resolution of the car matter has been able to douse a lot of tension.

But he said the problem of late salary payment remains.

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