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‘Troubling Scenario, Allocating Humongous Amounts For Legislators’ Luxury SUVs Purchase While Healthcare Collapses’ -Obi



The Oasis Reporters


November 10, 2023

 

 

 

 

 

SUVs for legislators.



By Peter Obi (former governor of Anambra State.




The recent expenditure of N60 billion for the purchase of SUV vehicles for about 400 legislators is a continuation of the troubling trend in our nation today.




We have continued to abandon the critical areas of development measurement while expending scarce resources on needless
luxury and creating comforts for those elected to serve the people.




Our primary healthcare, which is the foundation of health, a critical development index measure, has collapsed, leading to our surpassing India, a country 7 times our population, in infant mortality, a very saddening situation.



To allocate such a huge amount, which is more than what we allocated to our primary health care, is nothing but troubling.


One third of that amount, with proper negotiation, would have given them locally manufactured SUV vehicles from Innoson Motors, PAN or any local auto assembly plant, to help boost our economy, create and retain jobs.

Governor Soludo’s official vehicle, built by Innoson Vehicles, a company that started during the regime of Peter Obi as governor, and still thriving.



Upon my being sworn in as the then Governor of Anambra State, I observed that our State High Court Judges, State Government Permanent Secretaries and newly appointed State Commissioners had no vehicles.




The Anambra State Government had then ordered for two bullet proof SUV vehicles for my use. I cancelled the order and used the same money to negotiate a concessionary pricing with Peugeot Automobiles to supply us Sixty 406 vehicles which were enough for all the cabinet members including myself and my deputy governor.





We used the vehicles for our first tenure and were able to commence the work of doing more in the areas of health, education and lifting people out of poverty.

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Nobody would contemplate this kind of expenditure under my administration. I urge all involved to depart from this path of wastage of public resources.

Peter Obi: “A new Nigeria is possible “





A more prudent and transparent Nigeria is possible. – PO

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