A few months ago, several members of the Senate took the social media to urge Nigerians to patronize local goods as the fall of the Naira took it’s toll on the economy. What is funny is that local automobile manufacturers actually believed them.
The Senate intends to spend about N3.9bn to purchase 108 SUVs for the senators, at a unit cost of N36.5m, a move that has the Chairman, Nigerian Automotive Manufacturers Association, Tokunbo Aromolaran in knots.
According to him, the Senate could save about N1.47bn of that amount, if it buys Made-In-Nigeria SUVs.
Aromolaran further stressed that the locally assembled SUVs will be 50 per cent cheaper than those purchased by the senators.
He further revealed that NAMA had made presentations to the Nigerian Senate with samples of different automobiles.
“We showed them the price ranges and how it will make economic sense to patronise local manufacturers in terms of job opportunities for Nigerians.”
“They would have saved between 40 and 50 per cent of the amount they are going to spend if they had bought from us.”
The Nigerian Senate has for the past few months, been championing the Made-in-Nigeria mantra/drive, however, with this new development, it appears the federal lawmakers don’t practice what they preach.