BY BEN AGANDE & EMMA OVUAKPORIE
ABUJA—SPOKESMAN of House of Representatives, Mr Zakari Mohammed, said Thursday, the Green House was not broke as speculated. Rather, he said the new approach to spending was to adapt to its new doctrine of fiscal conservatism.
Briefing newsmen after an executive session, Mohammed said the hallmark of the Aminu Tambuwal-led House was to try as “much as possible not to fall into the pitfalls of the past and ensure Nigerians were properly represented.
“Every kobo spent must be through a pro forma invoice passed through the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and all transactions must be transparently carried out as stipulated in the Public Procurement Act, all in a bid to en sure mistakes are not made like in the past assemblies.”
Asked how many vehicles the House intended to buy, Mohammed said a specific number had not been arrived at, adding that in due course, the House would resolve it and the “press would be adequately briefed on any purchase because this time around due process must be followed in all purchases as the management is strictly in charge.”
On previous vehicles bought for members of the sixth assembly that were auctioned, he simply said “members are entitled to a severance after their tenure and if par adventure you are owing, it must be deducted from your severance. All over the world, used vehicles are auctioned by government bodies.
“The essence of purchasing vehicles is for operational purposes, the executive does it and may tag it sports project so these vehicles are tied to various House projects that must be executed to a logical conclusion”.
“The Speaker is still using vehicles inherited from the sixth Assembly and the N7million we were given to purchase cars was given as a loan to us and we have started paying back the money.”