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Automotive manufacturers chide Senate over purchase of cars


Toyota_Landcruiser_1409004537-1418400389The Nigerian Automotive Manufacturers Association (NAMA), has faulted the recent purchase of 108 brand new Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles by the Senate saying it came as a rude shock to it.

According to NAMA, the Senate could have saved suffering Nigerians 40 per cent of the eventual outlay by being patriotic and promoting vehicles assembled by extremely talented and diligent Nigerian workforce.

At a media briefing in Lagos, yesterday, Chairman of NAMA, Tokunbo Aromolaran, said the upper legislative chamber could have secured the continuous employment of about 4000 Nigerians for a whole year by supporting local industry. The patronage alone may be enough to ensure its successful takeoff.

“Had the senate not decided to starve the local industry of patronage, it would have helped grow and sustain at least 50 medium scale enterprises whose future revenue streams would flow into corporate and personal taxation system, helping to sustain the government’s revenue base.‘’

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