SHORTCHANGED: House of Reps offers members discounted cash for delayed cars

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House of Reps

Following its failure to deliver Peugeot 508 official cars for which it allocated N6.1 billion in the 2016 and 2017 budgets, the House of Representatives has resorted to offering cash to some of its members in place of the vehicles.

Although Peugeot Automobiles Nigeria was contracted to supply the cars to all the 360 members of the House by the end of 2015, PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the company has so far delivered only about 200 units.

Sources in the National Assembly told PREMIUM TIMES that the House Services Committee had offered N11 million each to members who are yet to get their vehicles, as against the N17 million budgeted per unit.

“Due to frustration, some of the lawmakers have collected the cash and purchased other vehicles of their choice,” the source said. 

A lawmaker who does not want his name mentioned confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that he was offered the N12 million but he turned down the offer.

Another source who is a legislative aide also confirmed that his boss was offered N12.5 million.

“My boss was offered N12.5 million but he refused and insisted on the 508. How can you be offered such amount of money for a vehicle that is worth more than that?” he claimed. 

When contacted, the chairman of the House Services Committee, Nasiru Baballe-Ila, declined to comment.

“You should direct your enquiries to the spokesman of the House,” he said.

The House’s spokesperson, Abdulrazak Namdas, he denied knowledge of the development.

“As far as I know, members are being given cars in batches,” he said.

PREMIUM TIMES understands that before the House went on recess in July, members demanded explanation from the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, on why the supply of the vehicles was taking too long.

The members also demanded the sack of Mr. Baballe-Ila as the House Services Committee chairman over the issue.


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  • ????360° degrees

    Premium Times Editor,

    DOES THIS MEAN THAT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY PRINCIPAL OFFICERS WILL POCKET

    FIVE (5) MILLION Naira DIFFERENCE BETWEEN each BUDGETED CAR; AND, CASH IN LIEU?

  • Bulus

    Dogara; the most corrupt speaker Nigeria has ever produced since independence…this guy is a school of thought… meanwhile, every Sunday this guy goes to living faith church Goshen to pray and redistribute the loot and every Sunday the bishop plays host to this born again criminal. We need as a matter of urgency to restructure our medulla oblongata!

    • Opekete

      Saraki and Dogara are going to suffer the most dishonorable and ignominious political fall come 2019.

      • NOI sucks

        Amen. They will loose shamefully.

  • Opekete

    The question we should all be asking ourselves is this, what kind of job are the members of NASS doing that is greater than what the civil servants are doing both in the federal, state and local government level? There is no sane reason why for heavens sake these bloated dishonorable megalomaniac should be paid more than any civil servant in Nigeria. We have to rise up and chase these idiots out of the peoples house before 2019.

    • systematic

      Very good I support u

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Nigerian national assembly members both in senate and house of representatives, are not serving the best interest of their constituencies but serving their selfish best interest by working through every possible means to defraud the public treasuries and become wealthy overnight while their constituencies all over the nation are living in abject poverty.Look at the house of representatives members, are collecting huge funds from the national assembly, because of delayed cars, which would be distributed to them even though house of representatives have vehicles to convey members on official duties.Both house of representatives and senate, are blatantly looting and stealing our public treasuries to self-enrich themselves as they live like emperors and queens, while most average Nigerians, live in squalor..

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    How much did certificate-less Buhari spend on parking charges for the aircraft he stationed at Stansted Airport for 104 days? Answer: US$520,000. How much did Buhari spend on the crew that flew him to the United Kingdom? Answer US$800,000. How much has Buhari spent on his medical treatment so far? Answer: Millions of pound sterling. Buhari must be crucified for wasting our money before anyone else is crucified.

    • Sgt Soros

      Maybe the Nigerian authorities were afraid the Abuja rats would infest the aircraft if it were parked at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport, so it was parked in the U.K.

      Perhaps you can answer this question about the Malabu oil deal concerning GEJ. According to Italian prosecutors $466m was laundered through a bureau de change and passed on to the then president, Goodluck Jonathan. We demand GEJ payback the money he was payed in bribes ASAP.

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        Jonathan said for me to inform you that he won’t pay back until you know how to spell the past tense of “pay”. Lol

        • systematic

          Shame on u. Instead of correcting ur poor sentence u are cortng some body

          • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

            You are an imbecile. There’s nothing wrong with that sentence.

        • Sgt Soros

          Old boy we dey laugh at your grammar. You said, “Said for me” which kind English be that? Your sentence structure is a mess. Retype and resubmit for my correction, dumbass!

          • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

            Illiterate you are laughing at yourself. Absolutely nothing wrong with that sentence.

          • Sgt Soros

            Dumbass, I’m still waiting for your rewrite.

          • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

            Mumu, you have stealthily changed the elementary error I highlighted without acknowledging it. Dishonest basta*rd.

          • Sgt Soros

            Dumbass, thanks for waving the white flag!

          • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

            You are a sewer rat. Where did you see a white flag? Bloody illiterate.

          • Sgt Soros

            Peanut brain, let me explain, you have steadfastly refused to resubmit a correction of your original statement. Meaning, you are waving a white flag and on your way home……..lol

          • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

            A white flag indicates submission. I have no reason to submit to an intellectual midget like you.

          • Sgt Soros

            Again Peanut brain, resubmit a correction of your original statement for MY examination.

          • Sgt Soros

            Peanut brain, I’m acknowledging nothing or changing nothing on account of whatever you have to say. Comprende!

          • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

            Tu es vraiment malade a la tete. Et en plus, tu es un salopard.

    • systematic

      How much the pay u to fabricates this nonsense

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        You are a buffoon. Confirm from your illiterate, certificate forger President.

    • Dawood

      Buhari saved the country from going the way of Somalia. What have you or the thieving reps and Senators at NASS done for Nigeria other than steal, loot, forge, bankrupt and disgrace? I say spend all the money needed to save our saviour. For you, representatives, Senators, Biafraudsters, looters, pedophiles, and assorted criminals – Kuje.

      • systematic

        Good reply

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        You are a moron.

      • Frank Bassey

        You must be a camel-head. How could Buhari have saved Nigeria from going the way of Somalia when he was battle ready and said he would not accept result of a presidential election that he lost? It was GEJ that saved Nigeria by conceding defeat; otherwise PMB and his group were ready to enact a repeat of post-2011 presidential election crisis in which many citizens, including NYSC members, were killed — and nothing happened.

  • Nigeria has a twisted idea of a democracy. These lawmakers are lawless and rogues. Annual Budget for vehicles is insanity. 90% of these lawmakers are stark illiterates and are worthless. US lawmakers ride trains to the office.

    • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

      Majority of our lawmakers are better educated than illiterate certificate forger and perjurer Muhammadu Buhari.

  • John Okoh

    The AGF is doing a lousy job. Let the court handle the matter. He is about to unleash another problem in the face of all the other problems Nigeria has. Why has he not ordered the arrest of Arewa Youth Assembly members that ordered the Ibos to leave Northern Region? The reason is because those are his brothers? What kind of country do we really have? It is country of injustice as can be seen in NASS decisions and now by the AGF.They believe they can do whatever they like with impunity with no repercussions. They believe Nigeria belongs to them. Shame on them.

  • John Okoh

    During PDP, there was federal characters in many appointments. Take a look at Buhari,s appointments at all levels. The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House and the President are all from the North.Does it mean no southerners are not qualified? The answer is that APC is a dumb government that has no reasoning faculty .Common sense would have told them that it is unfair to the rest of the country. By the way why does Nigeria have 36 Ministers to run the affairs of the country of only 170 million people? Do you realize Nigeria cannot afford this indefinitely and still have money for developments?.America has 300 million but has about 10 ministers. Is it not a shame that Nigeria cannot supply her citizens clean water supplies and electricity and yet has money to pay outrageous salaries of millions of dollars to these senators and members of the house? How about solving the underlying causes of malaria and typhoid which is everywhere? Revolution is the answer.

  • Frank Bassey

    Ride on good jolly fellows. No one can challenge you because the Executive is stinking of corruption — though attention is on NNPC, PDP and PMB’s critics.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Lunatic, there’s nothing to correct.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      I agree, except your head.

      It is not correct.

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        Just like your dad’s.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Why would you not say that when you never had one to call by that title of honour?

          And, if per chance, you ever sire another id!ot in your own mould, may he or she be the cause of much opprobrium in your miserable life.

          • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

            Your entire lineage is made up of sewer rats. You are a waste of sperm from a lunatic father; deposited in the smelly pussy of a deranged woman. Like your unfortunate parents, you will end up in a psychiatric home.