According to a Premium Times report, Senate President Bukola Saraki, has taken delivery of new exotic cars purchased by the National Assembly management for his official use, despite widespread criticisms against such lavish spending at a time of national economic crisis.
The Nigerian legislative body proposed to splash about N4.7 billion on at least 400 vehicles for leaders and members of the Senate and House of Representatives. Among the proposed vehicles were 10 top-of-the-range cars for Mr. Saraki and his official convoy.
The decision had caused public outcry, with ex President Olusegun Obasanjo sending a terse letter to the national assembly.
However, the National Assembly management ignored such concerns and, finalised procurement processes for the vehicles, and indeed took delivery of them for Mr. Saraki.
At least four of the 10 vehicles meant for Mr. Saraki have already been delivered by Lanre Shittu motors and the lawmaker has since put them to use. Reports said that procurement process for the purchase of vehicles for the senate president was concluded since December.
However, like Mr. Saraki, the tenders board agreed the purchases be made in batches due to paucity of funds, officials said said.
Stressing what the Senate spokesperson, Aliyu Sabi, had earlier said, an official said procuring new vehicles for Mr. Saraki became a “matter of priority” because “the current cars are old and already developing faults”.