The Federal Government and the Federal House of Representatives have paid for 360 exotic cars amid economic recession.

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House of Rep. members also receive transport allowances.

28 units of the exotic vehicles, Peugeot 508 series, had already been delivered to lawmakers in Abuja.

The 28 were among the first batch of 50 cars supplied by the Kaduna-based Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited.

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The House of Representatives budgeted N3.6 billion naira for their cars in 2016 alone.

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According to a NASS source, “Fifty cars will be supplied in the first batch; 28 have already been delivered. That was last week.

“Twenty-two more in the first batch are expected to be delivered this week,” the source stated.

The exotic cars would arrive in Abuja in batches till January, 2017 when all 360 members would have picked a unit.

About 223 of the members of the House are new, having come to the National Assembly for the first time in 2015.

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But all 360 members will still benefit from the luxury cars, officially known as ‘utility’ or ‘committee’ vehicles.

It was learnt that a lengthy disagreement among lawmakers preceded the choice of the Peugeot 508 series.

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Investigations revealed that majority of new house members preferred the 2016 Toyota Camry.

Older members argued in favor of Peugeot 508 on the grounds of patronizing ‘Made-in-Nigeria products’.

The Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas, confirmed the report.

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Namdas said, “The 8th Assembly is nearing two years, yet members have no cars to carry out their duties.

“Ministers and other officials in the executive have long bought vehicles for official duties.

“At the state level, members of House of Assembly have cars to carry out basic functions.

“I think it is only fair that members of the National Assembly will have utility vehicles for their assignments.”

Source: Vanguard

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