Bayelsa Assembly approves N3 billion for members’ cars, while workers are owed for 6 months

Bayelsa Assembly [Photo credit: Peoples Daily Weekend Newspaper]

The Bayelsa House of Assembly has approved a N3 billion loan request from the state government to purchase cars for legislators and other political office holders.

The Speaker of the House, Kombowei Benson, who confirmed this to journalists on Thursday in Yenagoa, said the decision was taken at a closed door session of the House.

Mr. Benson, while defending the decision, said the legislators had nothing to hide but resolved to consider the loan application “in camera’’.

“The sitting lasted for less than 30 minutes and we felt there was no need for media coverage for such a brief session.

“There is a need for the cars; we have been without cars for about two years after our inauguration.

“The same goes for other political appointees who need cars to function effectively and discharge their duties.’’

Mr. Benson said the vehicles would also be purchased for the state’s security outfit – Operation Doo Akpo.

He said that it was a unanimous decision among members of the House that purchasing “affordable cars” would help save cost of governance.

The speaker, however, declined to give further details on the number of cars to be purchased with the loan, or the brand of cars.

Meanwhile, some civil servants, while reacting to the development condemned it, especially as the state’s civil servants were being owed six month salary arrears.

Tari Jones, a civil servant, said that the decision was unpopular and unjustifiable.

“It is insensitive for the state government to take loans to buy cars for legislators whose emoluments have been paid regularly while civil servants have not been paid, this is unreasonable,” he said. (NAN)


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  • Sword of Damocles

    Nigerians(180 million STRONG) are IRRELEVANT. Our politicians and leaders tell us this EVERYDAY. Why would any anyone do this “in camera” like it concerns national security. Because their conscience hints to them that it is MORALLY REPREHENSIBLE. But they do it nonetheless. Only a harsh reaction will change the minds of people like this, but none is forthcoming

    • FuzzyLogic

      Nigeria is too fragmented and therefore very easy to rule. Divided people are very easy to rule. Nigerian politicians know this and that is why they are sticking it to the people. The moment a sincere person starts any process to cleanse the system (not the partisan witch hunt Buhari is conducting), this division will be thrown to his face.

  • FuzzyLogic

    Does anyone need convincing that Nigerian politicians from A to Z, are self-serving and are in it just for what they can get for themselves. The Nigerian public has been emasculated and has no power to control these ‘profiteers’ who call themselves politicians.

    • aboki

      Where are those noise makers do we blame PMB AND his government on action taken by BAYELSA STATE legislators?

  • Lawrence Azubuike

    This is an abominable act. This should be condemned by every right thinking Nigerian

  • Odus

    Selfish people. I hope and pray that they remember you in your re-election bid.

  • El Patron

    Where is otile?

  • MindYourself

    This is happening in an area where people are aggressively demanding for their rights and asking why they are still leaving in abject poverty in the face of their perceived abundance of wealth. Should they not start looking inwards first and fight the internal forces ( state government) before attacking the external forces? This means if the whole revenue accruing to the world is given to those shylocks they will never think of the poor. Why do we need the legislators who are only there for their selfish ends mainly?

  • Tommy Soto

    Absolutely shameless behavior!