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To hell with the cars, give us the cash, 160 Reps tell House leadership

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About 160 members of the House of Representatives have rejected its leadership’s offer to provide them with official cars, demanding cash instead.

The Green Chamber is spending about N6.1 billion on procurement of 360 units Peugeot 508 for members, at a unit price of N17 million.

The cars have been coming in trickles, since December 2015, when the plan to procure them was agreed.

As at August 2017, about 200 units had been procured and distributed to members.

According to a source, members who were yet to get their vehicles are now mounting pressure on the House leadership to give them the monetary value of the cars.

The demand for monetisation of the cars, it was gathered, is against the backdrop of the cash crunch affecting the federal legislature.