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House of Reps Halt distribution of exotic cars over Covid-19

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The House of Representatives has said it is not distributing the exotic cars purchased for members.

The House said it was rather supporting the fight against coronavirus.

Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Benjamin Kalu, in a statement on Friday, confirmed the delivery of the cars, but said they were not sharing them.

It was reported on Friday that the House had begun taking delivery of the Toyota Camry 2020 model acquired for members.

Our correspondent saw some of the cars at the   National Assembly Complex.

However,  the House has kept mum on the cost of the cars as the contract for the supply was not awarded to accredited Toyota dealers.

Our correspondent observed that the House procured the V6 Limited Edition variant of the car.

Giving a breakdown of how the vehicles are to be shared, a  legislator, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they would be allocated to each of the 360 members and some top management staff members, Chiefs of Staff to the (two) presiding officers as well as some of their special advisers and assistants.

The lawmaker said new members who did not get committee appointments would be the beneficiaries

He said, “I was told that 100  cars had already arrived and they are sharing them to new members who are not chairmen and deputy chairmen (of committees). The next batch will be for returning (ranking) members who are neither chairmen nor deputy chairmen. The last batch will go to ranking members with appointments.”

The cars, which belong to the National Assembly, are usually auctioned to the lawmakers after four years.

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