Senate Chief Whip, Professor Olusola Adeyeye, lashes out against buying official cars for top government officials, urging members of the National Assembly and all government officials to reduce luxury in order to push Nigeria forward.
While speaking on Channels television, Prof. Adeyeye talked about the presidential media chat held on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 and the national issues that were tackled by President Muhammadu Buhari. Professor Adeyeye lauded President Buhari’s sincerity during the media chat, especially for accepting that the government was not certain about the whereabouts and safety conditions of the kidnapped Chibok girls. In his words,
He spoke the truth. He did not try to over-sweeten the story as politicians would do, he was optimistic about the future but he also clearly made the nation know that there were problems ahead.
terrorism is not an issue that is solved overnight” and the circumstances in which the war had been sabotaged in the past has made it more difficult.
The senator also brought to mind how he had been advocating for transparency and careful budgeting in government during the 7th Assembly but one of the matters that was brought up during the presidential media chat was the proposed allocation of funds for the purchase of official cars for members of the National Assembly in the 8th Assembly which he also belongs.
President Buhari had not stood with the reported allocation of over 40billion naira by the National Assembly to buy over 400 new vehicles worth N4.7 billion at a time the nation is facing a huge economic crisis and the Senator stood with the President’s stance on that. The Senator who represents Osun State in the Senate said:
If I was president of Nigeria today, honestly to the extent possible I will end official cars for everybody – from President to the level 8 officer. We once had a republic where our head of state rode a Peugeot 504 and gave us what he called ‘Operation Low Profile’. We must go back to that. A situation whereby we go through the streets of Abuja and everybody is riding SUVs, everybody is focusing on the senators because 109 of them are the ones who were elected. Ask yourself, ‘what type of cars are the ministers riding? What type of cars are the judges riding? What type of cars are the DGs of parastatals riding?’ My official car right now as the Chief Whip of the Senate is not as good as what the DGs of many parastatals are riding. What we need to do is to say ‘regardless of your position, let’s go back to Operation Low Profile’,” . If we are going to correct this mess, we must correct it in every ministry, in every government department and across board.
Meanwhile the Chairman of Senate Committee on Land Transport has stated that the reported new vehicles worth N4.7 Billion are not personal vehicles to legislators, insisting that they are meant for oversight functions. But further said that if the vehicles are seen as something that will dry up the economy, then they are ready to give it up for the sake of moving this country ahead.