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Proposed 469 Cars: Legislators Lack Conscience, Says TUC

Posted: Jan 3, 2016 at 3:52 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Innocent Oweh,


The Trade Union Congress has criticized proposed plans by members of the National Assembly to buy 469 exotic cars, at an estimated cost of N47.5billion,saying they would be lacking in conscience, if they went ahead with the purchase.

President of TUC,Bobboi Bala Kaigama,who raised this criticism,through a statement,in Abuja,on Sunday, said using almost 40percent of the 2016 appropriation for cars alone, would amount to misplaced priority,hence President Muhammadu Buhari should stand his ground and discourage such frivolous spending.

TUC also argued that the free-fall of the naira, poor medical facilities, dearth of manufacturing companies, insecurity of lives and properties,among other social crisis, were enough reasons to prick the conscience of the legislators against such action.

Kaigama said,”Where is the conscience of the so-called lawmakers? Where are the good roads to drive these cars? It appears that the privileged in this country do not even consider the less-privileged?

“N47.5billion for cars alone, to us, is senseless and peak of insensitivity and we support President Buhari to stand his ground on the issue. We are definitely not against the President holding a closed-door meeting with the lawmakers but all we are saying is no to such frivolous expenses.

“Lawmakers ride in public transportation in most developed countries to attend to state matters, despite the affluence of their country. The reason our leaders do ridiculous things beats our imagination. We are pained by the fact that it appears the lawmakers do not really know the task before them and the country.

“For over two months running, the country has been experiencing chronic fuel scarcity, the free-fall of  the naira, poor health facilities,  glorified primary schools as universities, closure of manufacturing companies, insecurity of lives and properties, which essentially is caused by unemployment, our case has become so deplorable that we have now become a laughing stock among the comity of nations.

“We recall vividly that the National Assembly members had, in August, collected between N7m and N8m as car loans. But they said the 469 cars that they planned to buy would be used for oversight functions by members of the National Assembly”.