Ondo State Chapter of the Motor Dealers’ Association has appealed to the Federal Government to have a rethink on the ban on the importation of vehicles through the land borders, saying that it would cause a lot of hardship.
The state chapter chairman, Ayodele Owoyemi, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen yesterday in Akure.
Owoyemi said that the ban took the association by surprise because of the possible negative effects it would have on Nigerians.
According to him, allowing imported vehicles only through the sea ports may not be good enough for the stakeholders, saying that the process may cause some delays in the clearing of such vehicles.
He added that the ban would even increase smuggling activities in the border areas.
“No average Nigerian can find it easy to buy a brand new vehicle in the present dispensation,” he said.
He called on the Federal Government to have a rethink on the ban, considering the revenue it generates from imported vehicles through land borders.
He said that the association’s national leadership was consulting with other stakeholders, before making its representation to the Federal Government, on the issue.
The ban, which was announced about ten days ago, is expected to come into force on Jan. 1, 2017.
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