The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Monday said the Senate leadership inflated the unit cost of the Toyota Land Cruiser jeeps it procured for Senators by over 100 percent, demanding that the cars be returned immediately to the suppliers. The NLC also accused the Senate of spending money without appropriation when it publicly admitted that its standing committees cannot carry out their functions due to paucity of funds.
In a statement signed by its President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, the congress said while the Senate purchased each of the cars for N35.1 million, the actual market price of the vehicles stands at N17 million. The NLC said the Senate should prepare for a show down with Nigerian workers, Civil Society Organisations, women groups and students if they fail to return the vehicles to the suppliers.
The statement reads: “We consider appalling, insensitive and greedy the decision of the Senate to acquire 108 Toyota Land Cruiser jeeps (one for each member less the Senate President) after collecting car loans in August last year for the same purpose.