OrderPaperToday – Member representing Mangu/Bokkos federal constituency of Plateau stat, Mr. Solomon Maren, has refuted media reports that members who are yet to receive their official cars are offered money in replacement.
Maren, who is of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also dismissed reports of delay in supplying the vehicles due to lack of capacity by the contractor, Peugeot Nigeria Limited.
Mr. Maren who spoke to OrderPaper.ng via telephone, said lack of resources is the only reason why the cars has not been delivered to the 360 members of the House.
He said: “As you know the economic down turn in the country has affected everything and the National Assembly is not an exception.
“I can assure you that if the House had the money all the cars would have been delivered at once. so that is why we are delivering the cars in batches and you also know that one of the policies of this administration is to cut cost and that is what we are doing and Nigerians doesn’t appreciate us rather every time we are in the news for the bad reasons.”
Making further clarification he said “no member is being offered money in place of the official vehicle that we are suppose to use for our oversight functions because it is not their personal property, they are returning it at the end of their tenure but anyone who chooses to go with his money would be deducted from their severance “
The Plateau born lawmaker also dismissed reports that the House Services committee went against the preferred choice Toyota and foisted Peugeot brand on members, adding that “the issue of the choice of cars and brand has been dealt with long ago as far as I can remember; that matter was resolved during one of our executive sessions which majority of us opted for Peugeot brand, but of course you know this is parliament and you don’t expect everyone to speak in the same tone.
“Some members objected to it while some wanted Innoson motors but as you know the minority will have their say but the majority will have their way.”