Senators and House of Representatives members are said to have started receiving their brand new 2023 model Toyota Land Cruisers, which is said to cost over 100 million naira each.
According to reports, 12 women members have received their own as they said to be the top priority in the distribution of the vehicles.
It is learned that principal officers of the two chambers are billed to be the last to take possession of theirs.
Reports say NASS leadership had revealed plans to purchase 109 2023 models of Toyota Land Cruiser for senators and 2023 Toyota Prado for 360 members of the House of Representatives.
A lawmaker was quoted to have confirmed that members of the green chambers would start receiving theirs this weekend.
Another house member was quoted to have said he would be glad to take possession of his SUV as a new lawmaker.
” I will be glad to receive my own, I’m looking forward to it,” he said.
Reacting to the issue last night, House spokesperson and Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Akin Rotimi, said in a statement in Abuja: “It is important to make a few clarifications. The vehicles to be allocated to the offices of members are utility operational vehicles tied to their oversight functions in the discharge of their duties in the standing committees. They are not personal vehicles gifted to honourable members.
“For the duration of the 10th assembly 2023 – 2027, the vehicles shall remain the property of the National Assembly. At the expiration of the tenure of the 10th Assembly in 2027, should the extant assets deboarding policy of government still be in place, members may have the option of making payment for the outstanding value of the vehicles to government coffers before they can become theirs, otherwise it remains the property of the National Assembly.
“The public is invited to note that as part of the 10th Assembly’s objective to ensure our integrity and independence, members of the Green Chamber have resolved to maintain a respectable distance from the executive arm of government, especially in issues relating to logistical aspects of oversight functions, including reaching difficult terrains in the country.
“No matter how remote the location is, as long as there are Nigerian citizens living there, they deserve highly mobile representatives who can see first-hand what they are going through, and ensure government interventions, programmes, and policies are carried out effectively. This can only be possible with functional and reliable off-road vehicles.”