Some House of Representatives members recently bought vehicles have developed problem barely 90 days after the cars touched base in Abuja, according to Punch Sunday report.
Most of the legislators, 240 out of the aggregate of 360, took conveyance of the Peugeot 508 autos amongst June and July this year.
The autos, which officials like to call “committee or utility vehicles” is property of National Assembly, however the individuals keep them in their homes.
Every unit costs N17m, which adds up to a sum of N6.1bn for the 360 units for the 360 House members.
House representative, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas, affirmed the unit cost of the autos to The PUNCH last July.
“One auto is for about N17m; yes”, he said.
Contracts for the provisions were dealt with by the Chairman, Committee on House Services, Mr. Bashir Baballe-Ila, and authorities of the National Assembly.
Examinations demonstrated that representatives began griping of issues in the autos weeks in the wake of taking conveyance.
“There have been faulty electrical issues and mechanical challenges.
“Some members have complained that they have experienced breakdown as a result of the faults,” a National Assembly official said.
One administrator was accounted for to have deserted his vehicle at the National Assembly Complex, Annex I, two weeks back.
It was likewise assembled another part from one of the South-West states called Baballe-Ila a week ago and undermined to restore the auto for a substitution.
The Chairman of a key board of trustees, who is from Kano State, stated, ““What the members are saying about the cars is true.
“There have been complaints concerning the cars for months and members are calm because the leadership, particularly the Speaker (Yakubu Dogara), pleaded for patience.”
The Punch Discoveries demonstrated that a few officials were starting to speculate that the autos were genuinely utilized before the advisory group got them from the first proprietors.
It was learnt that the Baballe-Ila council had gone under pressure in May after representatives started to challenge that two years into their tenure; they presently couldn’t seem to get their utility autos.
This apparently happened when a Kaduna-based primary provider, at first contracted to supply the vehicles, couldn’t adapt to the “vast number of 360 units at a go.”
The provider was said to have staged the conveyance. In any case, this implies by December, numerous House Rep members will in any case be without the autos.
It was assembled that in an offer to address the supply delay, the House Services Committee director connected with sub-contractual workers to convey more autos.
Unfortunately, that approach too has not taken us far because as of October 27, many members still didn’t get their cars.
“The sub-contracting might have also led to these complaints of faulty cars. The sources of some of the cars are now being called to question” one part said.
According to Punch, attempts to get Baballe-Ila to remark on the issue yet he neglected to react. Likewise, instant messages sent to him were not answered to.
However, when requested his response on Sunday, the Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazak Namdas, told Punch that any broken vehicle would be taken back to the provider since they accompanied guarantee.
He stated, “The faulty cars reported by any member will be returned.
“I am sure the chairman of the committee will handle the issue amicably. He will return the cars.
“You know there must be a warranty. And these are mechanical tools anyway; the chances that one or two cars in a large supply will have issues are not ruled out. The warranty will solve the problem.”
Asked the number of members that had received their vehicles so far, Namdas said, “about two-thirds (240) have their cars.”
This implies that up to 120 lawmakers still have no cars for oversight and other duty tours.
“We can only plead for their patience. Like I have said before, the vehicles come in batches.
“I am sure that in another few days, 50 more units may arrive,” he added.