The Nigerian Senate has justified the purchase of 360 Sports Utility Vehicles for its members.
Ever since the announcement of the purchase, the Red Chamber was silent on the actual cost of each vehicle but explained that members preferred the imported SUVs to locally manufactured ones.
The Chairman of the Committee on Senate Services, Sunday Karimi, said that Nigerians were attacking lawmakers but ignoring ministers who got about four official vehicles.
He said this at a news conference on Tuesday,
Karimi said, “Somebody that is a minister has more than three Land Cruisers, Prado and other vehicles and you are not asking them questions, why us?
“These vehicles that you see, go to Nigeria roads today, If I go home once, my senatorial district, I come back spending a lot on my vehicles because our roads are bad.
He explained further, “Before they came up with this. It is not the decisions of the senators alone, we analysed arriving at Land Cruisers.
“It was based on a comparative analysis of the cost of technical issues and durability on Nigerian roads.