"No" to Made in Nigeria car brands! Reps agree to buy 400 foreign vehicles


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. The House of Representatives has resolved to procure 400 foreign vehicles while rejecting Made in Nigeria brands. Is this patriotic?

The 9th Assembly of the House of Representatives has decided to procure the Toyota Camry 2020 model as the official car for its members.

Naijauto gathered the house members took the decision at an executive session held in a closed session on February 5, 2020.


The House of Representatives resolved to go for foreign cars, rejecting Nigerian brands

A source inside the chamber, who asked for anonymity as the house members were barred from revealing what was discussed, revealed that the National Assembly will be buying 400 foreign cars to serve as utility vehicles. However, the lawmaker didn't disclose how much each car costs.

A brand distributor of Toyota in the country, Elizade Nigeria Limited, who was contacted said that the 2020 Toyota Camry model is yet to be shipped into the country.

Howbeit, the dealership stated that the Toyota Camry 2019 model is being sold for ₦26.75m, while the model with a V6 engine goes for ₦35.75m.

With these figures, the 2020 model is sure to be more expensive.

A visit to Toyota's website gave us an insight into how much the 2020 model is sold. And it's based on the variants listed on the site. The price of the model is between $25,000(that's ₦9,000,000 with dollar rate at ₦360) and $35,000(₦12,600,000). The prices exclude shipping cost, import duty and any other charge or tax for clearing the car at the port.

The 2020 Toyota Camry has six different trim levels. Let’s list them out, together with their prices.

  • L - $24,425(₦9 million)
  • LE - $24,970(₦9 million)
  • SE - $26,170(₦9 million)
  • XSE - $35,130(₦13 million)
  • XLE - $29,455(₦11 million)
  • TRD - $31,170 (₦11 million)


The 2020 Toyota Camry seems to be the rave of the moment for our rep members

The executive session had the House of Representative members rejecting Nigerian vehicles, opting for foreign-made. They preferred the imported ones to the cars locally assembled.

The anonymous lawmaker further disclosed the members rejected a proposal to buy from Innoson Vehicles, the indigenous automaker from Nnewi, Anambra State.

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.

>>> Could these lawmakers be the same members who opted for Innoson cars, while rejecting foreign made? Anambra lawmakers rejected 1 billion foreign cars for Innoson cars

Reports gathered said 14 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Jeeps (lawmakers preference) have already been distributed among the principal and presiding officers and some House committee chairmen.

The source gave a breakdown of how the 400 Toyota Camry saloon cars will be shared.

He said,

The 400 saloon cars would be allocated to each of the 360 members and some top management staff, Chiefs of Staff of the two presiding officers as well as some of their special advisers and assistants.

Another lawmaker who also wished to remain anonymous pointed out that some of the cars have been supplied to the House, and new members with no committee appointment will be among the first batch of beneficiaries.

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Jane Osuagwu is an automotive writer at Naijauto.com. She's a car enthusiast who loves creating educative and informative topics on cars, ranging from maintenance tips to updates on the latest trend in the auto industry in concise and friendly writing. 

Jane is also a blogger and loves reading, inspiring people and getting involved in personal development projects.

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