Govt Agencies Should Only Buy Made In Nigerian Vehicles, Senate Says, As Committee Visits PAN

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    It is upsetting to note that government agencies that should promote patronage of made in Nigerian goods do not buy made in Nigeria cars like those made by Peugeot Automobile of Nigeria (PAN).
    Chairman Senate Committee on Privatization, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce expressed this when he led committee members on an oversight to PAN in Kaduna on Monday.
    He said that he was  happy that  the House if Representatives is buying PAN cars, assuring that the Senate would follow suit soon.
    Senator Murray-Bruce said that the government has no business running a car company or hotel business, but should create enabling environment and policies that would make such ventures thrive under private ownership.
    He said that the automobile industry is rapidly going through changes, and for PAN to remain in business, it has to develop vehicles using alternative fuel.
    “I have been driving an electric car for three years, I  have never had problems with it. An electric car has fewer parts.
    “We will support you, but give us your plans to change to electric vehicles,” he said.
    “Politician should drive made in Nigerian cars. Tell us your problems and we will support you. Call me today if you want us to come, we would come.
    “We will support you to pay AMCON debt so that it can go back to the owners,” he assured.
    The committee chairman said that he bought his first car in 1980 and his dad called him and advised him to always buy practical, not just expensive cars and since then, he started using only Peugeot cars.
    Also speaking, Senator Mohammed Shaba Lafiagi said that PAN  is the only company standing among contemporaries, a feat that deserves  commendation.
    “What laws are needed to strengthen you so you that your comoany and others can bounce back. The fact you are still here means you are fighting hard. I really salute your courage. Tell us what we need to encourage stopping of importing all rubbish called vehicles and we will support you,” he added.
    The Director General of the BPE, Alex Oko who was also in the team, explained that AMCON’s intervention in PAN is clearly business, and not aimed at government ending privatization of the company.
    Earlier, PAN MD Ibrahim Boyi thanked the Senate and NASS for passage of Auto Policy Bill.
    He said that the auto industry is a very important segment for every country, because of its  huge potentials for creating jobs.

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