Senate Spokesman condemns public outcry over planned purchase of senators’ official cars
Written by Taiwo Adediran on September 2, 2019
The spokesman for the Senate, Senator Dayo Adeyeye, has reacted to the controversial five-point-five billion naira purportedly earmarked for the purchase of cars for members of the Red Chamber.
Senator Adeyeye stated that the said amount would only be legal if budgeted by the National Assembly for such purpose. He, however, dismissed the reports, stressing that he has yet to hear about the plan to purchase vehicles for the lawmakers with such a huge amount.
It would be recalled that the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), BudgIT, Enough is Enough (EiE) and six thousand, seven hundred and twenty-one concerned Nigerians have sued the National Assembly to stop it from spending the said amount to buy luxury cars for principal officials.
The Senate spokesman explained that every new administration budgets vehicles for public office holders. He, however, regretted why there would be a public outcry against the development, noting that it’s a norm for the three tiers of government.
He decried that the purchase of cars for senators was viewed from the negative side, saying he cannot imagine himself in a vehicle used by a former member. He, therefore, warned those he described as mischief makers to desist from attempting to destroy the National Assembly, saying doing so would amount to destroying the nation’s democratic process.