By Temitayo Peters
OrderPaperToday – The purchase of official cars for the Speaker and 20 first-term members of the Lagos State House of Assembly is costing the government the sum N352, 973, 986.
This amount was swiftly approved for the purchase of the cars following a letter sent by Mr. Akinyemi Ashade, the state’s Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, which was read on the floor of the Assembly at plenary by the Clerk of the House, Mr Ganiyu Abiru.
The letter read in part: “The 2015 appropriation law directs that any expenditure above N200m from the special expenditure fund should seek and obtain the approval of this Honourable House.
“I wish to request the approval for the utilisation of special expenditure fund to the sum of N352, 973, 986.
“The funds are to be used for the purchase of official vehicles and other accessories for the Honourable Speaker and 20 first-term honourable members of the 8th Assembly.”
Commenting on the letter, Chief Whip of the House, Hon. Rotimi Abiru urged the House to give the request an express approval, just as Hon. Rotimi Olowo representing Somolu Constituency I, added that such approval would help the new members of the Assembly to enjoy the benefits of the office they occupy.
Responding, the Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa commended the patience of members since the inauguration of the 8th Assembly, saying “on behalf of the state, I want to thank you for your patience that six months after inauguration of the 8th assembly, you have not been given official vehicles. We thank you for your endurance.”
Obasa after voice votes, gave approval and directed the Clerk to convey the House approval to the state Governor,