This COVID-19 pandemic has been upsetting many tables and causing a lot of controversies since its outbreak in Nigeria. Just recently, the federal government paid for 400 units of Toyota Camry 2020 model meant to be official cars of Nigerian lawmakers. However, this week the Ministry of Finance jumped on the twitter page of Elon Musk (CEO of Tesla Motors) to beg for 100 -500 free ventilators claiming that the country couldn’t afford them. This got many Nigerian twitter users sparked up with various reactions.
Nigeria Ministry of Finance begs Elon Musk (Tesla Motors CEO) for free Ventilators after buying 400 cars for lawmakers
Elon Musk is a philanthropist billionaire and CEO of US-based Tesla Motor company that promises to freely ship ventilators to all those that need it worldwide upon request. This is probably why the Ministry of Finance decided to seize the opportunity to beg for 100 – 500 units in a tweet that has now been deleted.
First, it was Elon Musk’s tweet that reads;
“We have extra FDA-approved ventilators. Will ship to hospitals worldwide within Tesla delivery regions. Device & shipping cost are free.
Only requirement is that the vents are needed immediately for patients, not stored in a warehouse,”
"Please me or @Tesla know."
Then the verified account of Nigeria’s Ministry of Finance replied in a controversial tweet that reads:
“Dear @elonmusk @Tesla Federal Government of Nigeria needs support with 100-500 ventilators to assist with #Covid19 cases arising every day in Nigeria.”
Cost of a 2020 Toyota Camry Vs cost of a Ventilator
At this point you might be wondering; why are Nigerians on twitter embarrassed by this official “begging” or “pleading” of the Ministry of Finance for free ventilators?
The answer is not far-fetched like we earlier mentioned, below are the prices for you to compare by yourself and react;
- The base model of the 2020 Toyota Camry comes with starting price of ₦8.92million ($24,295) excluding shipping fees to Nigeria
- Higher trims of the 2020 Toyota Camry go all the way up to ₦11.4million ($31,040) starting price with shipping fees to Nigeria excluded
- You then need to add 70% of the cost price for clearing.
Check out the short video clip where the 2020 Toyota Camry model is briefly reviewed;
2020 Toyota Camry | Review & Road Test
Now, moving on to the prices of the ventilator breathing aid device that is needed to save lives of Coronavirus (COVID-19) patients;
- A basic model of ventilators cost ₦9.2million ($25,000) excluding shipping fees to Nigeria
- Advanced models of the ventilator can cost as much as ₦18.4million ($50,000) with shipping fees to Nigeria excluded
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It might be rational to say that the cost of ordinarily acquiring the base model of the 2020 Toyota Camry and shipping it down to Nigeria might be the roughly same as acquiring the basic model ventilator devices.
So, if Nigeria’s Ministry of Finance could approve and pay for 400 units of the 2020 Toyota Camry as official cars of lawmakers; why then is it begging Elon Musk for 100 – 500 free ventilators in a tone that sounds like the nation cannot afford it?