- Ohanaeze Ndigbo has opposed moves to procure operational vehicle for National Assembly members
- The apex socio-cultural organisation says Nigeria runs the costliest legislature in the world
- It wondered why official cars purchased in the recent past could not be refurbished for the sitting lawmakers
Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has opposed the move by the leadership of the National Assembly to procure operational vehicles worth N5.5 billion for members of the Senate and House of Representatives.
In a statement sent to journalists on Thursday, August 15 by its deputy national publicity secretary, Chuks Ibegbu, Ohanaeze noted that the move had lent credence to the widely held belief that Nigeria runs the costliest legislature in the world.
It wondered why official cars purchased in the recent past could not be refurbished for the sitting lawmakers.
The group expressed dismay over the development, describing it as a show of extravagance when millions of citizens are hungry and live in abject poverty.
It further submitted that the country had remained one of the least productive nations based on its staggering unemployment figure.
“We are in real trouble with this kind of legislature we imposed on ourselves. Countries in dire need of survival have refrained from ostentatious living, but in our own case, we have insisted that the scarce resources will always belong to the rich,” the group said.
The group pleaded with the federal lawmakers to be patriotic and represent the masses well, explaining that the failure to live up to their calling was partly responsible for the mess in the country.
“They abandon their duties and are only interested in committees to head, overseas tours and perks of office. We cannot continue to behave like people without the interest of the country at heart.
“We should work to get our priorities right and discourage the idea that politics is about making wealth and not for service,” the group stated.
To reduce cost of governance, Ohanaeze suggested a part-time legislature with Senate of not more than 37 members and a House of Reps of 74 members, while advocating that there should not be more than 10 legislatures and 10 commissioners in the states.
Media reports had indicated the National Assembly is making moves
The preferred brand being considered for senators is Toyota Land Cruiser SUV.
With the estimated current price of the vehicle now N50 million, the Senate might need about N5.550 billion to get enough quantity for its members, and two additional vehicles.
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