“Why We Bought 36 Cars (at N36.5m) Each Instead Of 109 Cars” – Senators Explain
“A lot has been happening within the last two days concerning the issue of cars, car loan, appropriation and cost of the cars and we feel it necessary to come out and inform the public about it.“This is so, so that people can have a better understanding of the whole thing to avoid wrong perception as being created among Nigerians. First, I would like to say that we bought 108 cars is totally wrong; it is not correct. We bought 36 cars.“These 36 cars, each senator in each state is either a chairman or a vice chairman and we gave one car to each state to share as utility car. So, we don’t have money to buy 108 cars.
“We had a close session and they agreed that we should give one car per state; we sat down and agreed who needs the car most and that was what happened.
“Then, the issue of the cost of the car; the cost of the car is N36.5 million. The car we bought is Land Cruiser VXR V8, not V6.
“The showroom price is about N31 million minimum and then when you add 10 per cent tax it becomes 36.5 million. In fact you can go to the internet and download it; it is very simple, we can give you the website, and you can see them. So, I think what we have purchased the car for is very reasonable,” he said
“There is no director in the civil service that hasn’t got a car. There is no permanent secretary that hasn’t got a Land Cruiser. In fact, every house of assembly member has either a Prado or a Land Cruiser and here is a senator you say he cannot have one Land Cruiser.”