Nigerian Law Makers Order Billions Worth Of Foreign Cars After Rejecting Innoson Cars

at 18-02-2020 08:21AM (1 month ago)

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The House of Representatives has decided to buy Toyota Camry 2020 model for members as official cars, otherwise called utility vehicles.

the resolution was reached at an executive (closed-door) session held on February 5, 2020

A source in the chamber, who spoke on condition of anonymity as members were forbidden from disclosing details of the discussions at the closed-door meeting, told PUNCH that the National Assembly would purchase 400 exotic cars.

However, the price of the vehicles is yet to be attained.

A representative of Elizade Nigeria Limited, a foremost Toyota brand distributor, said the 2020 model had yet to arrive in the country as of Sunday.

The representative however said the 2019 model was N26.75m and N35.75m (for V6 engine).

A research on the website of Toyota showed that the price of the car, depending on the variants, is between $25,000 (N9,000,000 at N360 to a dollar) and $35,000 (N12,600,000), excluding the cost of shipping, import duty which is 70 per cent of the net cost  and other clearing charges and taxes at the port.

For instance, those with higher specification, as the National Assembly usually goes for higher range of vehicles, are XLE at $29,455; XLE V6 at $34,580; XSE at $30,005 and XSE V6 at $35,130.

At the meeting, the lawmakers were said to have rejected Nigerian brands, insisting on foreign ones, preferably imported and not locally assembled.

According to the lawmaker, a proposal to patronise Innoson Vehicles Manufacturing, a Nigerian brand based in Nnewi, Anambra State, was rejected.

He said,
“It is Toyota Camry 2020. Manga will supply 300 of the vehicles. The person who supplied the Senate will supply the remaining 100. Someone suggested Innoson. I feel he was being sarcastic. He is from Anambra.”

Giving the breakdown of how the vehicles would be shared, the source said the 400 saloon cars would be allocated to each of the 360 members and some top management staff, Chiefs of Staff to the two presiding officers as well as some of their special advisers and assistants.

Another member of the House said some of the vehicles had been supplied while new members who did not get committee appointments would be the beneficiaries of the first batch.

Henrybobo at 18-02-2020 08:33AM (1 month ago)
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Na their way Kiss
smart61 at 18-02-2020 01:05PM (1 month ago)
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They have never been patriotic
tyomon at 18-02-2020 02:21PM (1 month ago)
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Go out there and protest to shame them if you are not happy, Nigeria people and good in complaining behind close doors why sitting in there sofa with little data left in there phones. Other countries will come out in mass match to that useless assembly
Richman1969 at 18-02-2020 02:54PM (1 month ago)
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all of them will die mysteriously
SweetDaddy1 at 18-02-2020 03:48PM (1 month ago)
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Since they don't like made in Nigeria goods then the citizens have a choice, vote them out and replace them with new members during elections.
mgiwa6 at 18-02-2020 04:30PM (1 month ago)
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Good point.
maizaxx at 18-02-2020 06:24PM (1 month ago)
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6i can't believe what I'm reading! So where is the patriotism we are talking about?
Instead of insisting on buying Innoson motors we are going ahead to buy Toyota cars; so how are you going to convince the citizenry to patronize made in Nigeria products.
Moderator, forgive me for my choice of words- this is a useless unwanted house.
kacylee at 18-02-2020 07:43PM (1 month ago)
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foreign cars that will be their coffins... and they will say Nigerian economy is dying