Following the public outcry that greeted the purchase of multi million naira exotic cars for federal lawmakers, the Chairman of National Assembly and Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki may have changed his mind for local auto manufacturers to reduce costs.
Indications to this emerged yesterday when the Special Adviser to the Senate President on Special Duties and Intra-Parliamentary affairs, Hon. Moshood Mustapha, spoke with journalists in Abuja yesterday said that Saraki, was determined to encourage local automobile manufacturers and see whether the National Assembly could patronize them to reduce costs of procuring the project vehicles from foreign countries.
He also said that Saraki was particularly passionate about the passage of the amendments to the procurement act to ensure that government patronises local manufacturers.
Mustapha said, “He (Saraki), had met with local automobile Assembly plant owners. This is a man that believe that we should look inwards and save Nigeria of foreign exchange to boost the power of the naira.
He described as unnecessary recent public outcry over the reported purchase of some vehicles by the National Assembly for security operatives in the convoy of principal officers of both chambers of the National Assembly.
Mustapha said critics of the project vehicles were not being fair to the federal parliamentarians arguing that nobody was raising eyebrows when the political office holders in the executive arm of government were allocated at least two vehicles each. believe in that project but because a lot of money had gone into it, he believed that having N6billion in his official residence, is a waste and decided on his own to take away N5billion from this project and put only N1billion.
“So, what is the N200million used to buy vehicles for security personnel and protocol compared to the N5billion he had saved the nation. I wonder why people are talking as if the vehicles are his personal property or for his children”.
He also said that no form of bribery took place at the upper chamber during the screening of the ministers, contrary to insinuations in certain quarters.
He added that no form of corrupt practice took place during the recently concluded budget defence by federal government agencies.

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