A member of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Olufemi Ajadi Oguntoyinbo, has criticized members of the National Assembly for their intention to procure 469 sports utility vehicles (SUVs) at a cost of N160 million each.
In a statement released on Friday, Oguntoyinbo expressed his disapproval, stating that this plan demonstrates the lawmakers’ insensitivity to the current hardships faced by ordinary Nigerians.
It was Chairman of the Senate Committee on Services, Sunday Karimi, who defended the purchase of 469 cars for National Assembly members, but Oguntoyinbo, in his statement, expressed his astonishment at the lawmakers’ apparent insensitivity.
He went on to highlight the hardships faced by many Nigerians, including the inability to afford food, daily deaths due to poverty, and the high inflation rate leading to school dropouts.
He questioned the moral consciousness of the senators, suggesting that they seemed disconnected from the suffering of ordinary Nigerians and failed to recognize the dire economic situation in the country. He also criticized the justification of purchasing expensive SUVs given the poor state of the country’s roads.
Oguntoyinbo asserted that the senators and House of Representatives members appeared to be disconnected from the needs of their constituencies after being elected. He also challenged the lawmakers on their responsibilities for providing good roads as part of the Federal Government.
In summary, Oguntoyinbo expressed his concern that the planned purchase of expensive SUVs by the National Assembly members demonstrated a lack of sensitivity and responsibility to the suffering of ordinary Nigerians and the poor state of the country’s infrastructure.
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