- The planned purchase of foreign cars for lawmakers by the federal government has triggered reactions from some Nigerians
- One of those who have commented on the issue is a former lawmaker in Kaduna, Shehu Sani
- Sani, on his Twitter page, juxtaposed the ban placed on foreign rice and the fact the federal government is permitting the purchase of cars made abroad for lawmakers
A former senator who represented Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has reacted to the proposed purchase of foreign cars for lawmakers of the House of Representatives.
The outspoken former senator, in a tweet, wondered why the purchase of foreign rice was and is still being prohibited by the federal government when members of the House of Representatives are to be given cars made abroad.
Read Sani's tweet below:
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), BudgIT and Enough is Enough (EiE), and some other concerned Nigerians had dragged the Senate before the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos over plan to spend N5.550 billion on vehicles for its principal officers.
The plaintiffs urged the court to “restrain, prevent and stop the National Assembly Service Commission from paying or releasing the budgeted sum until the downward review of the amount proposed by the Senate.”
Going further, they want the court to declare that the decision was in breach of Section 57 (4) of the Public Procurement Act 2007, Paragraph 1, Code of Conduct for Public Officers (Fifth Schedule Part 1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and Oath of Office (Seventh Schedule) of the constitution.
The plaintiffs argued that spending “such a huge sum on luxury cars for the lawmakers was unjust and unfair, as it negates the constitutional oath of office made by members to perform their functions in the interest of the well-being and prosperity of Nigeria and its citizens, as contained in Seventh Schedule of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).”
They also asked “what is the economic value and contribution of the vehicles sought to be purchased to the grand scheme of Nigeria’s economy?
"What are the parameters used the interest of the well-being and prosperity of Nigeria and its citizens as contained in the Seventh Schedule of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended) to arrive at cost efficiency and value for money in the decision to purchase the vehicles? Where are the vehicles purchased by the eighth Senate?”
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