As controversy continues to trail the planned purchase of luxury vehicles by federal lawmakers with many Nigerians criticising the idea, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Services, Sunday Karimi, has explained that members of the Senate and the House of Representatives choose foreign-made Sport Utility Vehicle (SUVs) Land Cruisers and Prados because of “quality and durability”.
Karimi, who represents Kogi West Senatorial District, in the 10th National Assembly, who spoke with newsmen on Wednesday said federal lawmakers “need the vehicles for oversights, to travel all over our constituencies”.
He added that purchasing utility vehicles isn’t illegal as Nigerian roads are very bad.
“If you look at Nigerian roads all over the Federation, we have a serious problem because nothing much has been done in the last years. Most of our roads are terribly bad,” he said.
Asked why the lawmakers do not want a locally made vehicle, he said that they decided for Toyota because of its name and reputation of producing quality and durability.
The lawmaker added that, “In future, as Nigerian manufacturing sector develops, we will (patronise them).”