The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekwerenmadu, has faulted critics of the move to purchase vehicles for Senate Committees despite lawmakers receiving car loans, describing it as “a necessary expenditure”.
Ekweremadu, who spoke in Umunumo, Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, during the presentation of about 100 tertiary scholarship awards to students on Wednesday, also attributed huge cost of procuring vehicles for the lawmakers to the prevailing exchange rate for the United States’ dollar.
The tertiary scholarship awards is a brainchild of the senator representing Okigwe senatorial district, Senator Athan Achonu.
“It is an indisputable fact that the exchange rate for the dollar has hit the skies in these days and age and this has adversely affected every other commodity in the country”, Ekweremadu said.
The deputy Senate president opined that it was not unusual for Nigerians to blame the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the outcome of what they saw as abnormal.
“It is not a crime to buy vehicles for the use of Senate committees. This would enable members of the various committees to carry out their assignments without hitches”, he maintained.
Sen. Ekweremadu pointed out that he was in Okigwe senatorial zone of Imo State, to witness what he described as “a life changing educational empowerment programme, where Senator Achonu is giving hope to the indigent but academically sound students, to study through the university and acquire knowledge in order to have an educated society”.
Speaking earlier, Senator Achonu pointed out that “whatever crisis facing Nigeria under the government of the APC was traceable to lack of management”.
He said Nigeria remains the most blessed by God in the African continent and should be able to harness its resources for the benefit of Nigerians.
Achonu said that politically, “the APC has planned to make Nigeria a one political party state”, a step he said, was contrary to what the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, government believed in.