Reps take de­liv­ery of 200 Peu­geot cars

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives said it has taken de­liv­ery of over 200 of the 360 Peu­geot 508 it or­dered from Peu­geot Au­to­mo­bile Nige­ria Lim­ited (PAN).

House spokesman, Ab­dul­razak Nam­das told Daily Trust in Abuja that the rest of the ve­hi­cles would be sup­plied be­fore the end the year.

Daily Trust had last week re­ported that there was dis­quiet in the House over the ve­hi­cles, or­dered since April last year. Although the ini­tial con­tract was N10 mil­lion for each, it has now been re­viewed to N17m per unit, to­tal­ing N6.1 bil­lion.

Due to chal­lenges re­lated to fluc­tu­at­ing ex­change rates be­tween the naira and the US dol­lar, there has been de­lay in the de­liv­ery of the ve­hi­cles.

As at last week, it was gath­ered that only about 170 of the ve­hi­cles were sup­plied even as there was no spe­cific date for the sup­ply of the re­main­ing ones.

But Nam­das said: “Over 200 have been sup­plied out of 360, and we are still get­ting more. Ev­ery mem­ber will get their car by the end of this year. The is­sue is that the pay­ment for the ve­hi­cle is be­ing done in in­stal­ments.

“The House and the com­pany, PAN, have reached an agree­ment to this ar­range­ment of pay­ing and sup­ply­ing in in­stal­ments.

“Of course not all the mem­bers can get their cars at the same time, and we have ex­plained to them (law­mak­ers) why this can­not be pos­si­ble,” he said.

Nam­das said the ma­jor cog in the wheel of the sup­ply was paucity of funds, say­ing “You know that we have not started the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 2017 bud­get fully. You will ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that pay­ment for these cars will come from the bud­get.”

Photo Isa Sa’idu

Pupils and stu­dents of Um­rabs School, Tudun Jukun, Zaria af­ter their grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony yes­ter­day.

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