NLC urges Senators to return exotic cars

NLC urges Senators to return exotic cars
April 18 22:21 2016

The Nigeria Labour Congress on Monday
 called on senators who benefited
from a recent purchase of 108
brand new Toyota Land Cruiser
vehicles by the Senate to
immediately return them.
The union described the purchase,
coming at a time the country is
enduring financial
crisis, as a crime against the
people and therefore urged the senators to return them or face the wrath of the people.


Reports said senators have started
taking delivery of the new Sports
Utility Vehicles, SUVs, since last
week at the rate of N35.1 million
per unit.
In a statement by the NLC
president, Ayuba Wabba,, Labour said it was
“morally despicable and
shameful” that the lawmakers
embarked on such acquisition
when they were supposed to
occupy themselves with issues
that would benefit the people.
“We consider appalling,
insensitive and greedy the
decision of the Senate to acquire
108 Toyota Land Cruiser jeeps
(one for each member less the
Senate President) after collecting
car “loans” in August last year for
the same purpose,” Mr. Wabba
said.

“It is equally morally despicable
and shameful that they are doing
this after publicly admitting that
the standing committees of the
Senate are unable to perform
their statutory functions due to
paucity of funds.”
Wabba said the prices of the
vehicles were grossly inflated and
demanded that the lawmakers
explain where they sourced the
funds since the 2016
Appropriation Bill had not been
signed into law.
“We at the Nigeria Labour
Congress equally consider it a
willful and grievous criminal act
the inflation of the unit cost of
each of the cars by over a 100
percent, as each car supposedly
cost N35.1 million instead of N17
million.

“Aside from this, Nigerians are keen to know
from where they got money for the purchase
of these cars without appropriation.”
Mr. Wabba also rubbished the explanation put
forward by the Senate to justify the purchase.
“The defence offered by the Senate
spokesperson, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, is
laughable and childish. According to him,
Special Advisers use jeeps, why not Senators
or do Nigerians expect them to trek to work?
And in any case, cars are capital projects!
“Couldn’t this have been put to better uses
such as the constituency projects of these same
Senators? At a time with severe economic
challenges and deepening poverty in the land,
can the Senate afford this level of reckless
luxury and arrogance?
“The answer is “no”.

“Their multiple acts of criminality, ranging
from acquiring these cars after previously
taking loans for the same purpose; spending
money without appropriation and over
inflating costs constitute not just corruption
but a crime against the Nigerian people whom
they claim to represent,” Mr. Wabba said.
The Labour leaders, therefore, called on the
senators to return the vehicles or face public
backlash, adding that no one is above the law.
“Accordingly, we demand they return those
cars to whoever supplied them or the
appropriate agencies prosecute them for
corruption.
“In the event none of this happens, they
should be prepared to keep a date with
Nigerian workers and their civil society allies
including market women and students.
“No one is above the law,” Wabba
said.