Senate Says No Plans To Spend 50bn Naira On Cars

The Nigerian Senate has described as untrue claims that it plans to purchase cars worth 50 billion Naira.

The Senate’s statement is in response to President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement during his maiden media chat on Wednesday that he could not see the ‘National Assembly spending 45 billion Naira to buy cars on top ofthe transport allowance they collect’.

After the statement, different figures were posted on different platforms, as funds thatthe National Assembly plans to spend on cars.

“Not In My Time”

In a statement by its spokesperson, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, the Senate said: “While it wascontemplating purchasing cars, it did not intend to spend anything close to the various figures of 4.5 billion Naira, six billion Naira or50 billion Naira, as being bandied around”.

He further said that shortly after getting the management team and the Senate services committee to commence the due process for the purchase, certain contractors who bid for the supply of the vehicles but felt their bid would not scale through began sponsoring media propaganda against the project and even leaked the recommendations of the body working on the proposed project.

Senator Abdullahi said the Senate had not taken any further action on the issue and was surprised that a proposed purchase had become a subject of controversy.

The Senate spokesman maintained that although Lawmakers needed vehicles to facilitate their work, the Senate would however follow due process when it chooses to take decisions on the purchase of the vehicles.

Commenting on the development on his Twitter handle, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, said: “Not in my time will Nigeria Senate spend 50 billion Naira or 47 billion Naira or 4.7 billion Naira on cars for Senators”.

He further assured Nigerians that the Details of the 2016 Budget would be made available and open for public debate and scrutiny.

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