Welcome, Guest: Join Nairaland / LOGIN! / Trending / Recent / New
Stats: 2,864,255 members, 6,872,652 topics. Date: Friday, 20 May 2022 at 06:34 PM

Saraki Buys New N330million Cars - Politics - Nairaland

Nairaland Forum / Nairaland / General / Politics / Saraki Buys New N330million Cars (80494 Views)

Nigeria Buys New Aircraft From Russia / Fayose Buys Corn From A Woman At Iju-Itaogbolu Road (Photos) / Ambode Buys Roasted Plantain From A Roadside Trader (2) (3) (4)

(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (Reply) (Go Down)

Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by agabusta: 4:03pm On Feb 27, 2016
Despite cash crunch, public outcry, Saraki takes delivery of new N330million exotic cars



The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has taken delivery of new exotic cars purchased by the National Assembly management for his official use, brushing aside widespread criticisms against such lavish spending at a time of national economic crisis.

PREMIUM TIMES had exclusively reported that the Nigerian legislative body proposed to splash about N4.7 billion on at least 400 vehicles for leaders and members of the Senate and House of Representatives.

Among the proposed vehicles were 10 top-of-the-range cars for Mr. Saraki and his official convoy.

Our market survey showed the vehicles cost N329, 515,625 – more than the budgetary allocations for many government schools.
The report triggered a firestorm of reaction from Nigerians, including President Muhammadu Buhari and former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who urged the National Assembly to shelve the plan.

Mr. Buhari said he had rejected a proposal for new vehicles to be purchased for him as part of 2016 budget expenditure.
“I turned down a N400 million bill for cars for the presidency, because the vehicles I am using are good enough for the next 10 years,” the president said during his first media chat.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo also wrote members of the National Assembly asking them to jettison the plan to buy official vehicles.
“Whatever name it is disguised as, it is unnecessary and insensitive,” Mr. Obasanjo said. “A pool of a few cars for each Chamber will suffice for any Committee Chairman or members for any specific duty. The waste that has gone into cars, furniture, housing renovation in the past was mind-boggling and these were veritable sources of waste and corruption. That was why they were abolished. Bringing them back is inimical to the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians.”

But PREMIUM TIMES can report today that the National Assembly management ignored such concerns and, finalised procurement processes for the vehicles, and indeed took delivery of them for Mr. Saraki.

At least four of the 10 vehicles meant for Mr. Saraki have already been delivered by Lanre Shittu motors and the lawmaker has since put them to use.

Officials briefed about the matter told this newspaper that procurement process for the purchase of vehicles for the senate president was concluded since December.

However, like Mr. Saraki, the tenders board agreed the purchases be made in batches due to paucity of funds, our sources said.

Stressing what the Senate spokesperson, Aliyu Sabi, had earlier said, the source said procuring new vehicles for Mr. Saraki became a “matter of priority” because “the current cars are old and already developing faults”.

PREMIUM TIMES obtained tender documents for the 10 cars Mr. Saraki requested.
In the document, the National Assembly sought to purchase a 2016 model Mercedes Benz S550, four 2016 Toyota Prado jeeps, four 2016 Toyota Hilux SS (Auto) as well as a 2016 model Toyota Hiace Bus.

PREMIUM TIMES’ independent market evaluation showed the cars cost as follows: 1Nos.Mercedes Benz S550 (N49, 020,625); 4nos. Toyota Prado (N149, 650,000); 4nos Toyota Hilux SS (N102, 407,500) and 1Nos. Toyota Hiace Bus (N28, 437,500).
At N250 to the dollar, PREMIUM TIMES estimated the total cost of the purchase at N329, 515,625.

The four cars delivered yet, and confirmed by this paper, are three Toyota Prado SUVs and one Mercedes Benz S500.


[b]120 cars for Senators
[/b]PREMIUM TIMES also confirmed that the procurement processes for the purchase of 120 Toyota Land Cruisers for the remaining 119 Senators were also concluded last December.

The tenders board also agreed to shelve the plan temporarily due to “paucity of funds.”

A source said senators however continued to pressure the Committee on Senate Services, which in turn put pressure on the National Assembly management to immediately conclude the procurement.

An estimated N4.7billion would have been spent by the time the acquisition of cars for Mr. Saraki and his 108 colleagues are completed.
A cocktail of illegalities

As we reported in an earlier story, the acquisition of cars for senators is a violation of the monetisation policy of the federal government.
Under the policy, no new vehicles should be purchased by any agency of government for use by officials.

Rather, public officers and political office holders are to receive 250 per cent of their annual basic salary as motor vehicle loan, which translates to N5.07 million for each senator.

Our sources at the National Assembly said the Senators got these loans before also proceeding to acquire these new Toyota Land Cruisers.
Also, the President of the Senate is said to have inherited the vehicles used by his predecessor, and Senate insiders say “he really does not need new cars as the one he uses are in top condition”.

But even if he needs new cars, the number being acquired for him is in excess of what the law provides.
According to the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, the Senate President is entitled to a maximum of six vehicles, and not 10 as being bought for him.

He is entitled to two official cars, one pilot car, one protocol/press car, one ambulance and one security car.
Members of the two chambers of the national assembly are renown for their taste for exotic vehicles even after receiving monetary pay in lieu of official vehicles based on the provisions of the law.

The Senate had in the last legislative session bought Toyota Prado Jeeps for each Senator at the cost of over N1.3 billion, coming after both chambers had also bought Toyota Camry, for Senators and Peugeot vehicles for members of the House of Representatives.

The allegedly shady deal involved in the purchase of the Peugeot vehicles formed part of the charges against then Speaker Dimeji Bankole when he was taken to court after completing his term.

What N4.7billion can do If deployed towards enhancing healthcare delivery, N4.7 billion can be used in building 235 primary health care centres across Nigeria (enough for at least 6 health care centres in each state) at the cost of N20 million each.

The money, N4.7 billion, can also provide over 470,000 children with insecticide-treated mosquito nets at N10,000 each, saving them from the scourge of malaria which today kills more than 300,000 Nigerian children under the age of five annually and responsible for 11 per cent of maternal mortality cases yearly, according to experts at the Malaria Action Programme for States (MAPS).

Still on healthcare, over 10 million Nigerian kids could get complete malaria treatment dosage, at N460 if the N4.7 billion was directed to this life-saving purpose.

If that money is spent on boosting yield of farm produce, the amount can cover the cost of procurement of about 626,667 bags of fertilizers for Nigerian farmers at N7,500 each.

The money –N4.7 billion – can also offset a six-month wage bill of 40,000 minimum wage workers presently owed salary payment by some state governments seeking bailout from the federal government.

In order to provide conducive learning environment in schools, 470,000 sets of school furniture, comprising table and chair at N10,000 each, can be procured at the cost of N4.7 billion. Yet kids sit on bare floors to study in many schools across the country while the parliamentarians gets N4.7 billion to buy cars.

In the housing sector, at N7million per piece, the country can provide 671 additional cheap housing for citizens; and provide 51 thousand households with potable water at N92,000 per household connection.


http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/199159-exclusive-despite-cash-crunch-public-outcry-saraki-takes-delivery-new-n330million-exotic-cars.html

4 Likes 5 Shares

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by agabusta: 4:06pm On Feb 27, 2016
This Saraki will soon have his fingers burnt, with this his stubbornness.

Btw
Everyone kindly note that till today, the National Assembly has refused to make its own budget public. Despite that the budget of the Executive has been open to public scrutiny.

Everyone saw the budget of the executive; the excesses therein were criticized appropriately (e.g Aso villa clinic, feeding, purchase of exotic cars for visiting Head of states, etc).

Till now, the National Assembly has refused to make its own budget public, and sadly, no one is talking about it, including the twitter senator.

This is where the labour unions and the political activists should come in! We need transparency in governance at all levels! Not only at the presidency.

#Nass show us your budget grin

321 Likes 28 Shares

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by SUPERPACK: 4:06pm On Feb 27, 2016
Criminals wearing white brocade under the camourflage of Senators

59 Likes 2 Shares

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by bigboss80s(m): 4:07pm On Feb 27, 2016
They were never going to back down. You need to be in the National Assembly to understand how unrepentantly corrupt these people are. They don't care who the president is because his powers are limited as they are another arm of government. Forget about the executive, the legislative is the most corrupt arm of government in Nigeria.

249 Likes 11 Shares

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by FastShipping: 4:10pm On Feb 27, 2016
I thought he wanted to buy Inoson vehicles for himself and other senators.

104 Likes 7 Shares

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by OlujobaSamuel: 4:10pm On Feb 27, 2016
obj warned ooo, I no wan hear another wizard hunt story oo.
those wey dey protest for rule of law no go see this, because na law of the rule to them.

103 Likes 5 Shares

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by Owoloku1: 4:11pm On Feb 27, 2016
Hypocrites!!!!
After Advertising made in Nigeria goods he's now buying Benz...
I'm just waiting for him to trend nonsense on Twitter again

73 Likes 6 Shares

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by opeaceo: 4:12pm On Feb 27, 2016
and some people would come online to sing his praises, telling us how good and smart he is.

We deserve the leadership we get.

97 Likes 5 Shares

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by EdCure: 4:15pm On Feb 27, 2016
I won't be surprised to read the defence from the usual people (the IPODian wailers) on this thread.

For Nigeria to progress, these undesirable elements need to be lined up and shot. Theirs is the worst form of treason.

78 Likes 3 Shares

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by Ezenwammadu(m): 4:15pm On Feb 27, 2016
The National Assembly is a den of theives and vipers

59 Likes 3 Shares

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by Progressive01(m): 4:28pm On Feb 27, 2016
He just couldn't resist it could he??

And these are the same Goats bleeting over the budget, ably cheered on by certain groups of useless citizens who've made it their lifetime job to ridicule and bring down this government.

When the uproar over the budget reached its climax, one question I kept repeating was- do Nigerians have access to details of the NASS budget?? Why so much secrecy around how much the NASS expend in a fiscal year??

Wanna fix Nigeria's problems, start by ridding the National Assembly of gluttons like Saraki and Melaye.

77 Likes 2 Shares

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by Nobody: 4:32pm On Feb 27, 2016
I saw it coming... I told them!!

"Don't believe Saraki and Ben Bruce, they want to score cheap political votes with this Innosson Nigerian cars"

But they called me a Zombie.

The same way they will field a Northern candidate as President and expect Igbos to vote for Him. You know why??

Because they believe we don't have a choice!!

I rather stand with Buhari than any PDP agent!!

145 Likes 11 Shares

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by modath(f): 4:35pm On Feb 27, 2016
FastShipping:
I thought he wanted to buy Inoson vehicles for himself and other senators.

Leave that story ooo, Innoson ko, innoDAUGHTER ni! cheesy

He is only using the SE folks, but the PTSD from 2015 elections nor dey gree dem see through his shenanigans! cool

45 Likes 3 Shares

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by Progressive01(m): 4:36pm On Feb 27, 2016
“the current cars are old and
already developing faults”.
Thunder fire these people and ten of their generations unborn!! angry

How old are the vehicles?? Is Saraki an Arabian King?? What's wrong with using vehicles that are merely 3years old?? And if they develop faults, what's wrong with fixing them?? Don't we have state of the art auto servicing workshops in Abuja and Lagos?? Or are the vehicles as complex as the CERN Particle Collider and cant be fixed locally

These people are demons honestly.

84 Likes 4 Shares

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by modath(f): 4:38pm On Feb 27, 2016
EdCure:
I won't be surprised to read the defence from the usual people (the IPODian wailers) on this thread.
For Nigeria to progress, these undesirable elements need to be lined up and shot. Theirs is the worst form of treason.


Just wait for their narrative... cheesy

"Shebi Buhari budget for BMW cars" na hin we go hear on top the matter...


Progressive01 ...

I'm not disappointed, not at all, I'm even vindicated sef (though I don't like this) that he is showing his "support base" that the support for their business ventures is just for ulterior motives & media show....

Well, I expect one of their underlings to claim that the cars bin dey on top water before the #buynaijatogrownaira craze, like someone did about Obamanikoro's book!!

25 Likes 1 Share

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by tomakint: 4:39pm On Feb 27, 2016
And one Chukwudi44 will want to die for a demonic miserable person like Saraki........in fact if that Saraki dude is not kicked out by March 10 I will personally march down to Presidential Villa for a serious showdown with Buhari......#operationkicksarakiout

41 Likes 1 Share

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by Progressive01(m): 4:40pm On Feb 27, 2016
Where is that albino clutterhead twitter blabbermouth to come preach about patronising local products and cutting costs?? Where is he to condemn this broad daylight robbery?? Or is the Senate exempt from his commonsense campaign??

The earlier we realise these guys are our common enemies, the better for us.

Nonsense.

42 Likes 1 Share

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by Nobody: 4:41pm On Feb 27, 2016
opeaceo:
and some people would come online to sing his praises, telling us how good and smart he is.

We deserve the leadership we get.
The 'bolded' says it all; Every Nation Gets the Leadership it deserves as they are a representation of the populace; if you want better leaders, BECOME A BETTER PEOPLE.

Saraki and his likes will ALWAYS take advantage of the 'Rule of Law' to enrich themselves.
Our LAWS need to be changed if we are to be serious about what we want

42 Likes 4 Shares

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by pulsa(m): 4:43pm On Feb 27, 2016
Yam eating goat

6 Likes

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by Progressive01(m): 4:46pm On Feb 27, 2016
fran6co:
.after spending all DT mills..... they will pop out of d blank to talk abt reduction of minimum wage....
my major pain is some sort of change addict from a certain part of d country will come to defend this wasteful spending.
.
.
.
...
..
..#TheChangeWeCanSee
Tell that to Pa Chukwudi and the rest of the Ekpas from that part of town. I'm too sure you are one of them.

Yeye dey smell. You people should take placards and march on the streets to defend this as well. We are expecting that.

18 Likes 1 Share

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by chubhiee: 4:52pm On Feb 27, 2016
All these faaji and more going on under the nose of supreme leader buhari?

4 Likes

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by Progressive01(m): 4:54pm On Feb 27, 2016
modath:


Just wait for their narrative...

"Shebi Buhari budget for BMW cars" na hin we go hear on top the matter...


Progressive01 ...

I'm not disappointed, not at all, I'm even vindicated sef (though I don't like this) that he is showing his "support base" that the support for their business ventures is just for ulterior motives & media show....

Well, I expect one of their underlings to claim that the cars bin dey on top water before the #buynaijatogrownaira craze, like someone did about Obamanikoro's book!!
I'm so livid right now. This is wrong in a billion and one ways. These men get the courage to spit in our faces because some folks with orientation and opinions borne out of hate for a man who defeated their hero have pledged to support every misnomer that exists in our society today.

When Saraki was being dragged before a court for the unrepentant crook he is, they took to the streets in protest against the government bullying and persecuting their adopted son. Today, not only them, but those of us who stood on the other side of the aisle, bear the brunt of their stupidity.

I feel so unfortunate being a Nigerian sometimes and wish we could make Baba a maximum Ruler right now. angry

22 Likes 1 Share

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by tomakint: 4:54pm On Feb 27, 2016
Ezenwammadu:
The National Assembly is a den of theives and vipers
My brother you can say that again....that Saraki will be roundly disgraced by CCT's Danladi Umar....just watch it.

13 Likes

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by dunkem21(m): 4:55pm On Feb 27, 2016
Progressive01:
Tell that to Pa Chukwudi and the rest of the Ekpas from that part of town. I'm too sure you are one of them.

Yeye dey smell. You people should take placards and march on the streets to defend this as well. We are expecting that.


I thought Saraki is APC ..and I remember you saying that he is the best thing to happen since sliced bread

4 Likes

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by Nobody: 5:01pm On Feb 27, 2016
In the midst of unparalleled national poverty?

I've never expected any less from these thieves.

10 Likes 2 Shares

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by Progressive01(m): 5:02pm On Feb 27, 2016
dunkem21:



I thought Saraki is APC ..and I remember you saying that he is the best thing to happen since sliced bread



You are shameless. Was Saraki the choice of APC for that position??

Who were the major backers of Saraki when that sham of an election was held in the Red Chamber that resulted in his ascension to that exalted office??

Who were the people that escorted him to the CCT in a bid to intimidate the tribunal chairman??

Who were the people that took to the street in protest against his trial, shouting from every rooftop that "Buhari should let Saraki be"??

Open this thread and see your brothers doing what they do best.

www.nairaland.com/2635974/new-pics-igbos-massive-protest

Shame on you and others like you.

44 Likes 5 Shares

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by Nobody: 5:04pm On Feb 27, 2016
EdCure:

It is so disappointing and disheartening to note that those gull-ibo plonkers are readily available for use by just anybody.

Lalasticlala, why haven't you guys done something about these folks abusing the Igbos for no cause? Make una make this place more sensible.

10 Likes 4 Shares

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by dunkem21(m): 5:06pm On Feb 27, 2016
Progressive01:
You are shameless. Was Saraki the choice of APC for that position?? Who were the major backers of Saraki when that sham of an election was held in the Red Chamber that resulted in his ascension to that exalted office??


Oga go and sit down ..

Did you or did you not campaign for Saraki to become a senator in the first place ..

So he is fit to be a senator and not good being a Senate President

Hypocrite.

8 Likes 1 Share

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by IYANGBALI: 5:07pm On Feb 27, 2016
Chukwudi44 is it true?

4 Likes

Re: Saraki Buys New N330million Cars by kennyman2000(m): 5:07pm On Feb 27, 2016
Hmmmm.. Nigeria is a joke

2 Likes

(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (Reply)

Darey Art-Alade Shakes Iara, Oshiomhole Reacts (Photo) / Photos Of NDA Cadets Harassing Civilians / Did Abba Kyari Threaten To Expose Lai, Femi Adesina If Arrested? (Fact Check)

(Go Up)

Sections: politics (1) business autos (1) jobs (1) career education (1) romance computers phones travel sports fashion health
religion celebs tv-movies music-radio literature webmasters programming techmarket

Links: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10)

Nairaland - Copyright © 2005 - 2022 Oluwaseun Osewa. All rights reserved. See How To Advertise. 174
Disclaimer: Every Nairaland member is solely responsible for anything that he/she posts or uploads on Nairaland.