- At least 25 traditional rulers in Nasarawa have received brand new SUVs valued at over N800 million
- Governor Abdullahi Sule presented the vehicles to the monarchs in honour of his second anniversary in office
- According to Sule, the cars are to ease the discharge of the traditional rulers' responsibilities
Brand new SUVs were on Tuesday, May 18, presented to 25 first-class traditional rulers in Nasarawa state by Governor Abdullahi Sule.
Premium Times reports that if the vehicles are purchased directly from the manufacturer, they would be valued at over N800 million.
Sule presented the keys to 25 brand new Lexus to the monarchs at the Government House in Lafia to mark his second anniversary in office.
The governor explained that the cars are to ease the responsibilities of the royal fathers considering the vital role they play in the maintenance and sustenance of security in the state.
While the state government said the gesture was initiated by the local government, they remained silent as to how much was spent to acquire the vehicles and the source of the fund.
Muazu Aminu, the chairman of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) in Nasarawa said the project was conceived by stakeholders, including the local council chairmen as well as the ministry of local government development and chieftaincy affairs.
Aminu also explained that the project enjoyed the express approval of the state government.
This development is coming as the state government is owing workers for two months. The move has drawn the reactions of Nigerians with some describing it as a misplaced priority.
However, Sule during activities to mark his second year in office promised to clear all the outstanding local government staff salaries, Voice of Nigeria added.
The governor who made this known while paying homage to the Emir of Nasarawa, Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril, said clearing staff salaries would improve the standard of living and promote peace in various councils.
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