By Olivia Isibor, For Agenda Watchdog, May 20, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – President Muhammadu Buhari has been asked by accountability watchdog, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), to follow the Namibian example by banning the further purchase of new cars for politicians, including ministers until the end of his tenure.
This request was contained in an open letter to the president by SERAP urging him to use his good offices to stop the purchase of new vehicles by his office, including members of his cabinet, adding that the funds saved from such a measure would help in minimizing the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on the citizens of the country.
SERAP also used the medium to urge President Buhari to encourage the National Assembly and governors to place blanket checks on the purchase of new cars in order for them to have enough funds to pay workers’ salaries and pensioners’ entitlements.
In efforts aimed at shoring up enough funds to prosecute the COVID-19 war, Namibia’s President, Hage Geingobon, according to media reports last week, placed a five-year ban on the purchase of new cars for high ranking politicians and government officials.