Kano purchases 41 ‘exotic’ SUVs worth N2.6bn for lawmakers

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By Adetutu Sobowale

The Kano State Government has confirmed that it purchased 41 ‘exotic’ sports utility vehicles, SUVs, for members of the State House of Assembly.

The purchased SUVs are valued at N68 million each.

The Governor’s Chief of Staff, Shehu Wada Sagagi who confirmed the purchase said the lawmakers are entitled to sound working vehicles, Dailypost reports.

Sagagi also confirmed that the lawmakers have already taken possession of the SUVs, totalling about N2.6 billion.

He stated that the governor having considered the economic situation, directed that the contractor be made to understand the need to spread the payment over some time.

Sagagi stressed that the governor’s action is based on respect for the rights and obligations of all tiers of government, adding he remains committed to the well-being of every arm of government and the people of the State in general.

A ranking lawmaker, who spoke to newsmen on condition of anonymity, also defended the purchase of the SUVs.

Speaking on the controversy trailing the purchase of the vehicles, he said, “Why are you making a mountain out of a molehill on the purchase of new vehicles for lawmakers? Previous administrations in the state did the same thing.”

When reminded that the situation is not the same considering the current economic challenges in the country, the lawmaker said, “Do you realise that the vehicle will facilitate our oversight functions and would be used for other legislative works?”

 

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