The House of Representatives has asked President Buhari to suspend the ban on importation of new and used cars through land borders.
The ban which was announced on December 5, 2016 by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) is due to take off from January 1, 2017.
The lawmakers, however, say the policy is too harsh as it would further worsen the economic situation of many Nigerians who are already groaning under the prevailing recession.
The decision of the lawmakers followed the adoption of a motion by Representative Abubakar Salami who noted that the percentage of Nigerians who can afford cars has reduced drastically following the decline in the value of naira, inflation and unemployment.
He said that the Federal government has not put in place alternative measures to ensure that Nigerians have access to cars, “since it is cheaper to buy cars from neighbouring countries and still generate revenue by ensuring that our borders are secured”.
“Some of those making these policies have failed to patronise the made-in-Nigeria goods, especially Nigerian Assembly vehicles which are in any case not affordable to over 80% of Nigerians who can only afford fairly used imported vehicles.
“The ban will cause more harm than good and it will certainly lead to the increase of smuggling,” he said.
The Nigerian President is not relenting in his efforts towards building the required coalition to effectively tackle the challenge of insurgency in Nigeria’s north-east.
Barely days after holding talks with his Cameroonian counterpart on areas of cooperation in the fight against the insurgents, including strengthening border security, President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday paid a one-day visit to Benin Republic in continuation of the effort.
During his meeting with President Boni Yayi, coinciding with the anniversary of the country’s independence, President Buhari pledged to build on the success already achieved in creating a synergy among the Lake Chad Basin Commission members.
The Governor of Niger State, Mu’azu Aliyu has re-affirmed his administration’s commitment to eradicate youth unemployment in the state.
The governor did this at the distribution of 100 vehicles to unemployed graduates in the community.
Speaking at the distribution ceremony, the governor said: “We are doing this to all communities, irrespective of political affiliations…that effective governance is not only in the efforts put into any venture but by the final results and the impact it has on the majority of the population.”
He pointed out that unemployment is one of the causes of youth restiveness, for which reason the State Government is determined to give priority to engaging them in gainful employment.
The governor also appealed to the beneficiaries to make good use of the cars which will be operated on a higher purchase basis.
The Chairman, SURE-P Niger State, Bawa Mu’azu, added that the vehicles are meant to serve a dual purpose of reducing unemployment and easing transportation challenges in the state.