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Pronouncement on the National Automotive Industry Development Plan has been generating a lot of reactions from stakeholders in the country.
The stakeholders mostly car dealers said the government policy on importation of vehicles into the country is too hasty and could have been carried out in a gradual process so that they would not make mockery of the whole plan.
According to them, the policy is for the interest of the nation but reserved their fears it could be well implemented, and added that it would not affect their second-hand car business.
They, however, called on the federal government to ensure every necessary modalities are put on ground before the implementation of the Policy to avoid any loophole.
A salesman with Yarsuda Motors Nigeria Enterprise in Port Harcourt, Umaru Adamu said the government’s new policy on importation of vehicles into the country would not affect their business but expressed worry that every thing had a process before implementation and pointed out that the federal government idea was good but there should be a transition before the implementation.
“Manufacturing cars in Nigeria will bring competition as well as bring down cost of vehicles. It is better for Nigeria I will advise the government to subsidise so that Nigerians could afford to purchase cars of their choice,” Umaru posited.
He, however, noted that when the policy comment fully implemented, it would be difficult for one to buy a new car as second hand cars ‘Tokumbos” are durable their spare parts are always available unlike some new cars and experienced auto mechanics to repair them in case of any fault is also difficult to get in Nigeria.
“It is a good idea but lets follow process for the policy to work better in Nigeria.”
Another car dealer, Azubuike Donald said already duty cars have started complying with the government policy of 35 per cent, and said the policy was good if it would be well implemented because currently there were so many new cars on sale but most people prefer and patronise fairly used cars because of their durability.
Donald noted that the policy would not affect their business and lauded the government that the policy if well implemented would generate revenue and stop illegal smuggling of vehicles into the country, and more so would benefit the masses.
In his reaction, Ibrahim Addo of Kwajaffa motors maintained that the policy would only affect some dealers on second hand cars, depending on the understanding of the business.
Addo said car dealers and customers despite the policy would decide where to buy their cars depending on choice.
It would be recalled that the National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA) has described the federal government policy as inimical to the over all interest of Nigerians, describing it as anti-people.
According to the National President of the group, Lucky Amiwero said, “The automobile policy is actually inimical to the growth of the nation and we are not in support of it, in the said policy, there are some indexes that are not too comfortable for growth.”
Amiwero said the assembly plans that promised to manufacture made in Nigeria cars are yet to put structures on ground, stressing that it is wrong for government to start collecting the 35 per cent on duty as well as the 35 per cent levy that is expected to commence in January 2015.
Why are we increasing that tarrit to 35 per cent when no country in the world has such high charge and it means we are going to have a problem in the transport system in the country.”
We are saying that Kia, Toyota and others are coming to manufacture vehicles in the country, but where are the plants situated and they have started implementing the 35 per cent duty,” he lamented and added that with the policy in place, prices of imported cars will be very high and such would affect the sector negatively.
A source told our correspondent that some auto manufacturing companies in Nigeria have commenced production of made-in-Nigeria Cars.
Reasons Why Train Travel is the Best
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When it comes to other means of transport such as airplane and buses you will get to stand in long check-in lines. But you will never see such at train stations. In most cases, at train stations you will just get your ticket and just walk in the train without any hassle. This offers the best sanity any passenger would love to have.
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FRSC Commences Enforcement Of NIN In Driver’s Licence Processing
Following the Federal Government’s directives on the harmonisation of citizens’ data by relevant agencies, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) had in compliance with the directives earlier put members of the public on notice.
As a follow up to that, FRSC Management has resolved that effective December 21, 2020, all applicants for the National Driver’s Licence in Nigeria must present the National Identification Number ( NIN) from the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) before they can be captured for any class of the licences produced by the FRSC.
According to the press release signed by the Assistant Corps Marshal Bisi Kazeem, all driver’s licence applicants are therefore, expected to present their National Identification Number (NIN) from the date, before they can be attended to, adding that there would be no waiver for anyone.
Bisi further stressed the need for a harmonised database on citizens’ information which he said is critical to resolving the challenges of identifying individuals to assist security agencies in data collation and quick retrievals to address some of the national security challenges.
He called on members of the public particularly, those going for their driver’s licence processing to take note of the directives and carefully follow the procedures for obtaining their NIN from the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) which must be verified to be authentic, before action can be taken on their application for the licences.
Kazeem further stated that all numbers presented by the applicants must correspond with what NIMC issued to individuals for a harmonised database.
The Corps Public Education Officer solicited the cooperation of members of the public to make the policy a success in the collective interest of the nation and commitment to building and maintaining a credible national database on citizens.
He assures that FRSC remains committed to supporting the Federal Government in its resolve to tackling the challenges of citizens’ identification and national security challenges.
While reassuring the driver’s licence applicants of improved services at the licence processing centres across the country, the FRSC spokesperson reiterated the earlier messages of Corps Marshal Oyeyemi that improved service delivery remains the center point of the corps’ operations.
He further stressed that with due compliance by all driver’s licence applicants, the process of physical capturing at the licence processing centre would be smooth in line with the improved processes put in place.
Monarch Tasks RSG, NDDC On Chokota-Umuebulu Road
The Onye Ishi Ala Chokota in Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State, Eze I.S. Wekeh, has appealed to the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to add Chokota-Ikwerengwo-Umuebulu Road to their respective priority projects with a view to rehabilitating the road.
Eze Wekeh who made the appeal recently while speaking with newsmen urged the state government to come to the aid of the residents in the area, saying the area hosts several oil wells mined by Shell Petroleum Development Corporation (SPDC), therefore playing a key role in the revenue generation of the nation.
According to him, “during the time the present state government flagged-off the construction of Igbo-Rumuokwurusi Road, there was an assurance that Chokota-Ikwerengwo-Umuebulu Road will be rehabilitated, but we are still hopeful that the road is still dear to his heart, as we are still expecting result. I am also appealing to NDDC to come to the aid of the inhabitants of the area as well as the multinational corporation operating in the area”.
A resident in the area, Mrs Adaku Amadi, who spoke to The Tide, said “Things are very difficult here for us due to the bad road. Our mothers use to go to the farm with bicycle or motor cycle and they usually fall on the bad road. Some pregnant women will deliver without any medical treatment because of lack of access to medication due to bad road. So we are appealing to government to help us alleviate this suffering by rehabilitating the road”.
Another resident in the area, Mr Paul Wosu, said “my brother, we use to suffer here and we are expecting government to do something, even NDDC as an interventionist agency to come to our aid. Now you can drive in because everywhere is dry, but during the rainy season, you can not dare it, because the flood will drown you. We are still appealing for positive response from the relevant authorities”.
It would be recalled that the NDDC had sometime in 2006 promised to fix the road as part of their priority projects, but could not mobilise to site till date a result, the state government promised to rehabilitate the road.
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