Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, the ex-deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), strongly opposes the proposal to procure foreign cars for government officials.
He expressed disapproval, stating that if he were the president of Nigeria, he wouldn’t permit any government official to use an imported vehicle.
Moghalu emphasized the need for Nigerian politicians to support and invest in locally manufactured vehicles instead of opting for foreign-made ones.
Moghalu’s submission is coming against the backdrop of the assurance given by the House of Representatives that the members of the 10th National Assembly will soon get vehicles to ease their work.
This was revealed in a statement by Akin Rotimi, the Chairman, House Committee of Media and Public Affairs.
“For the duration of the 10th Assembly, the vehicles shall remain the property of the National Assembly at the expiration of the tenure of the 10th Assembly in 2027, should the extant assets deboarding policy of government still be in place,” Rotimi said on Sunday.
Speaking via his X handle on Monday, Moghalu asserted that it is a display of patriotic leadership and commitment to reduce the cost of governance.
“If I were President of Nigeria or Governor of a State, no government official will drive a foreign-made vehicle at government expense (procurement) when we have local alternatives.
“That is one demonstration of patriotic leadership and commitment to cutting the cost of governance.”