As the President of France, Mr. Emmanuel Macron, visits Nigeria this week, there are strong indications that he will, among other issues, discuss the fate of Kaduna based PAN Nigeria Limited, assemblers of Peugeot vehicles in Nigeria, with President Mohhamadu Buhari.
Ambassador of France to Nigeria, Mr. Denys Gauer, had confirmed in Abuja recently that the President will be in Nigeria this week.
Gauer, who met with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, at the National Assembly, said Macron would seek to address senators and members of the House during the visit.
The envoy added that Macron had interest in Nigeria and would like to talk on several issues relating to the development of the country.
PAN Nigeria Limited has been in the news for some time now as the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) delay in announcing the preferred bidder for the company, may have led one of the bidders- Dangote Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (DPAN) to look elsewhere.
DPAN is a joint venture between Peugeot Automobile France, Dangote Group and some state governments. Speaking exclusively to Transport Day newspaper in Lagos recently, the representative of Peugeot Automobile France in Nigeria, Mr. Eric Maydiey, said the joint venture, known as Dangote Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (DPAN), decided to opt out because over a year after bidding for the company with 52m Euros (over N21b), AMCON is yet to declare it as the winner of the bid.
However, AMCON affirmed that it has not received any communication from any of the bidders indicating to withdraw from the process. According to the corporation, the process is still on-going and a preferred bidder will soon be announced.

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