Former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof
Kingsley Moghalu, said he would not allow any government official to drive an
imported vehicle if he were to be the president of Nigeria.
Moghalu said Nigerian politicians, instead of driving
foreign-made vehicles, should invest in and patronise local alternatives.
He said this in a post via his X on Monday on the heels of
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 has said on Sunday.
However, in his X post on Monday, Moghalu noted that it is a
display of patriotic leadership and commitment to reduce the cost of
“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,” Moghalu wrote.
“That is one demonstration of patriotic leadership and
commitment to cutting the cost of governance,” he added.
Moghalu was the presidential candidate of the Young
Progressives Party (YPP) in the 2019 general election.
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