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Lawmakers taking delivery of their new cars in nass

Lawmakers taking delivery of their new cars in nass

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Lawmakers taking delivery of their new cars in nass


The National Assembly Members (The House of Representatives) has started taking delivery of the Toyota Camry 2020 model as official cars or utility vehicles, Some of the cars were sighted at different parking lots within the National Assembly Complex, on Thursday. The legislators had at an executive (closed-door) session on February 5, 2020, resolved to purchase 400 units of the exotic car.

The House has, however, kept this a secret on the cost of each unit as the contract for the supply was not awarded to accredited Toyotad dealers It was also observed that the House purchase the V6 Limited Edition variant of the car. Chairman of the Committee on House Services, Mr. Wale Raji, confirmed delivery of the cars and refused to give more detailed information.

The cars, which belong to the National Assembly, are usually auctioned to the lawmakers after four years. After going via the Toyota website cost depends on the variant which is between US$25,000 to US $35,000, excluding the cost of shipping and custom duties, which is about 100 per cent of the actual cost of each unit. For instance, those with higher specification, which most often than not is the preferred choice of lawmakers, could cost tax payers a tidy sum. Vehicles in this range are: XLE at $29,455, XLE V6 at $34,580, XSE at $30,005 and XSE V6 at $35,130. Already, about 14 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado sports utility vehicles have already been handed out to presiding officers as well as other principals and chairmen of select House committees.

Some lawmakers are yet to receive vehicles delivered in “the first batch.” Giving a breakdown of how the vehicles are shared, a member of the House, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, said, the 400 saloon cars would be allocated to each of the 360 members and some top management staff, Chiefs of Staff to the (two) presiding officers as well as some of their special advisers and assistants.

The lawmakers explained that new members who did not get committee appointments would benefit from the first batch. The source said, “I was told 100 have already arrived and they are sharing them to new members who are not holding any position in the chamber ( committees chairmen or deputy). The next batch will be for those returning or ranking members who are with post (neither chairmen nor deputy chairmen). The last batch will go to ranking member with appointments.”

Clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori ( representing The Committee on House Services and the National Assembly Management) led a joint committee to oversee the acquisition, verification and distribution to the lawmakers. The Committee on House Services, which also exists in the Senate, serves as the protocol and welfare department. The joint committee was set up as some members had alleged that the National Assembly had become a “dumping ground” for smuggled and fairly used vehicles.

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