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Lawmakers lament over lack of office equipment and official cars

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Lawmakers lament over lack of office equipment and official cars

Members of the House of Representatives, especially the 223 who got elected for the first time in 2015, are grumbling over a lack of office equipment which is hindering them from effectively carrying out their duties.

A report by The Punch newspaper places the cause of the delay in acquiring the office equipment to the “economic recession and alleged poor release of funds.”

According to the report, “the equipment, worth about N350m, included television sets, computers and refrigerators, which were to be supplied through a contractor by the Committee on House Services since June.

“The supplies were reportedly awarded not long after the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, appointed the 96 standing committees of the House on October 22, 2015.”

The ministry of finance has however not released funds for the purchases.

Also, the plans by the House to purchase luxury cars worth N3.6 billion for lawmakers this year, has also been delayed.

A lawmaker told the paper that “not a single office pin has been supplied to us since June 2016. I don’t have a television in my office, no stationery and computers. That is the condition under which we are expected to work.”

Another legislator also confirmed that their luxury cars had yet been delivered.

He stated, “We don’t have operational vehicles. It is over one year that the 8th Assembly was inaugurated.

“Those who have personal cars bring them to work, but the operational vehicles have become a mirage. We are expected to depend on the same agencies we supervise to provide vehicles for oversight visits.”

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