Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Kingsley Moghalu, has emphatically stated that if he were the President of Nigeria, he would not permit government officials to use imported vehicles. He strongly advocated for Nigerian politicians to invest in locally-made cars instead of relying on foreign imports.
Moghalu’s position comes in response to recent assurances from the House of Representatives that the 10th National Assembly members would soon receive vehicles to facilitate their duties. Akin Rotimi, the House Committee of Media and Public Affairs Chairman, made this announcement.
In a statement made on Sunday, Rotimi indicated, “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.”
Expressing his perspective via his online platform on Monday, Moghalu stressed that embracing locally manufactured vehicles at the government’s expense manifests patriotic leadership and a genuine commitment to reducing the overall cost of governance.
He added, “If I were President of Nigeria or Governor of a State, no government official would 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.”
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