Monday, 4 January 2016

TUC condemns NASS over plans to buy 469 cars

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, at the weekend, described the 469 cars the federal lawmakers planned to buy as a misplaced priority, saying it was pained that the lawmakers did not understand the mood of the nation or know the task before them and the country.

TUC in a statement by its President and Secretary General, Bobboi Kaigama and Musa Lawal, lamented that in the first instance, 'for over two months running the country has been experiencing chronic fuel scarcity such that has never been heard of before. The free-fall of the naira, poor health facilities, glorified primary schools as universities, closure of manufacturing companies, insecurity of lives and properties, which essentially is caused by unemployment, etc.

'Our case has become so deplorable that we have now become a laughing stock among the comity of nations.

'Where is the conscience of the so-called lawmakers? Where are the good roads to drive cars? Why is it that the privileged in this country do not consider the less-privileged? Lawmakers ride in public transportation in most developed countries to attend to state matters, despite the affluence of their country. The reason our leaders do ridiculous things beats our imagination.'

It will be recalled that the National Assembly members had, in August, collected between N7million and N8million as car loans. But they said the 469 cars that they plan to buy would be used for oversight functions by members of the National Assembly.

'N47.5 billion for only cars is senseless and height of insensitivity and we support President Buhari to stand his ground on the issue. We are definitely not against the President holding a closed-door meeting with the lawmakers, but all we are saying is no to such frivolous expenses.

'Some have argued that the National Assembly go away with their official vehicles after four years, having paid the current value to government coffers. But we wanted something different hence Nigerians voted for change. It just does not make any sense contemplating buying cars with almost 40 per cent of government annual budget. We just do hope the lawmakers mean well for the country,' they said.