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Monday, 7 August 2017

Amid non-payment of salaries,Reps take delivery of 200 Cars worth N17m each

Despite non-payment of July salaries to all 360 lawmakers, over 200 members of the House of Representatives have taken delivery of brand new exotic cars.

The non-payment of their salaries and other benefits had left most of the members without enough funds in the last one week, Punch learnt.

However, on Sunday, the Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas, disclosed that over 200 members had been given Peugeot 508 series for “utility services.”

Namdas stated that by the plan of the House, all 360 lawmakers would have taken delivery of their cars by December 31. Each of the vehicles cost N17m and will consume a total of N6.1bn to supply all 360 units.

Namdas spoke further, "Over 200 have been supplied out of 360 and we are still getting more. Every member will get a car by the end of this year. The issue is that the payment and supply of the vehicle is being done in instalments.

"The House and the company (Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited) agreed to this arrangement of paying and supplying in instalments. Naturally, not all the members can get their cars at the same time and we have explained to them why this cannot be possible."

He said some funding for the cars was included in the 2017 budget.

"You know that we have not started the implementation of the 2017 budget fully. You will appreciate the fact that payment for these cars will come from the budget. So, that issue too is there," he added.

The supply of the 200 cars still did not address the problem of the non-payment of lawmakers, who are without their July salaries.

Recall that lawmakers take a salaries of between N690,000 and N1.1m monthly, depending on how much deductions are made from a member’s pay to settle debts and other facilities.

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