Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, on Thursday said the recent expenditure of N60 billion for the purchase of Sport Utility Vehicles for members of the National Assembly is a continuation of the troubling trend in the nation.
Obi said the government had 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.
The 2023 presidential candidate of the Labour Party expressed his opinion in a statement issued via his X handle.
He wrote, “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 and create and retain jobs.”
Obi said upon his being sworn in as the then Governor of Anambra State, he observed that the State High Court Judges, State Government Permanent Secretaries and newly appointed State Commissioners had no vehicles.
“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.
“Nobody would contemplate this kind of expenditure under my administration. I urge all involved to depart from this path of wastage of public resources. A more prudent and transparent Nigeria is possible,” Obi added.