New official N160m SUVs: Labour Party National Chairman tells Reps, Senators what to do

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The Labour Party (LP) has condemned the proposed procurement of cars which reportedly cost N160 million each for the members of the House of Representatives.

This is as the party urged lawmakers in the 10th National Assembly to kick against what it described as the federal government’s unnecessary wasteful spending.

National Chairman of LP, Julius Abure, made the call while accusing the President Bola Tinubu-led Federal Government of displaying a high level of insensitivity.

Abure was reacting to reports that 360 members of the National Assembly would be gifted cars worth N160 million each.

He wondered why the federal government would not boost the economy by patronizing local automobile manufacturing companies.

In a statement he signed, Abure berated the federal government for opting for opulence while a large number of Nigerians are ravaged by poverty.

Part of the statement reads: “A few days ago, the news filtered that 360 members of the House of Assembly are to be gifted with vehicles worth about N160 million each. The Labour Party is indeed shocked, saddened and disappointed at the level of insensitivity being displayed by the executive and the legislative arms of the President Bola Tinubu-led All Progressives Congress administration.

“It is saddening that with deepening poverty among Nigerians the administration has decided to increase its appetite for a life of opulence to mock hardworking but underprivileged Nigerians.

“How else can any Government justify the bloated Federal Executive Council of 48 cabinet ministers, with each of them given three luxurious four-wheel drive vehicles on the first day in office, paid for and fueled by taxpayers? This is notwithstanding hundreds of presidential and ministerial aides, as well as numerous aides to the aides which are being funded by the government.

“These vehicles will be costing Nigerians about N57.6 billion and this is happening at a time when the government claims it cannot afford to increase the minimum wage of N30,000 monthly to workers.

“A bag of 50 kg rice is today N50,000 and most families can’t afford two square meals a day; how insensitive can a government become? This same government is still going around the world cap in hand, seeking for loans, what a shame!

“As things stand today, inflation is likely to hit 30 per cent by December 2023, yet all they are concerned about is the comfort of a privileged few who found themselves in public office.

“Why spend so much money on the import of and purchase of vehicles from other nations amidst the scarcity of needed foreign exchange for manufacturing? Why not empower local manufacturers such as Innoson Motor in Anambra and Peugeot Automobiles in Kaduna to save forex and boost our local economy?

“When our Presidential Candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, said we in the Labour Party want to move the economy from consumption to production, this is what we mean – Nigeria first!

“We implore this government to in the interest of our dear nation retrace its step and give priority to revamping the economy instead of its current obsession with luxury living.

“We are also calling on the Labour Party legislators in the 10th Assembly to kick against this unnecessary wastage of resources in line with the ideology of the party which is social justice and equal opportunity for all. Nigerians will hold them responsible if they fail to live above board or give proper account of the electoral investment reposed in them.

“Nigerians are fed up with the status quo and they crave for a different leadership that must factor the interest of the suffering masses. The poor must be allowed to breath again in this country.”

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