Protesters broke out in Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Monday as youths decried the allocation of Sport Utility Vehicles for members of the National Assembly.
The youths who gathered in their numbers in the Ikeja area of Lagos held placards and chanted ‘Fund education not SUVs, ‘Pay living wage not SUVs, ‘Return the SUVs Now’ and ‘Fund hospitals, not SUVs,’ among others. According to the protesters, “Lawmakers buying SUVs with public funds is insensitive when the majority are suffering”
Similarly, legislators in the Red Chamber would receive the first batch of the SUVs this week.
It was also gathered that the last tranche of the SUVs for use by the lawmakers would arrive before December.
It was reported that the leadership of the National Assembly had announced the decision to purchase imported SUVs for each lawmaker and bulletproof vehicles for the principal officers.
The move has generated criticisms among Nigerians, with the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project asking a Federal High Court in Lagos to stop the lawmakers from taking delivery of the SUVs pending the hearing and determination of the applications for injunction filed by the organisation.