Chairman, Senate Committee on Senate Services, Ibrahim Gobir, has defended the Senate’s decision to pay N36.5 million for each of dozens of Toyota Land Cruisers recently acquired for senators.
According to Premium Times, Gobir told journalists on yestreday in Abuja that the specification of the acquired vehicles were higher than those reported in the media.
The Senate had roused the anger of many after it was discovered that they were purchasing these vehicles for far more than the open market cost and more importantly, spending the huge amount during this period of national economic crisis.
Debunking reports that the Senate had spent over N4billion to purchase 108 cars for the lawmakers, Gobir revealed that the specification of Land Cruisers was VXR V8 not V6.
He said: “The showroom price is about N31 million minimum and then when you add 10 per cent tax it becomes 36.5 million.
“In fact you can go to the internet and download it; it is very simple, we can give you the website, and you can see them.
“So, I think what we have purchased the car for is very reasonable.”
According to Vanguard, he said: “We had a close session and they agreed that we should give one car per state; we sat down and agreed on who among the three senators from each state needs the car most and that was what happened.”
He then wondered why many were kicking against their purchase of new cars seeing as senators were entitled to official cars.
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