Reps ask Buhari to suspend ban on vehicle importation through land borders

The House of Representatives on Thursday asked the Federal Government to suspend its new policy of placing a ban on the importation of vehicles through land borders.
The lawmakers specifically advised President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene by urgently directing the Nigerian Customs Service to reverse the policy.

The policy is expected to come into effect from January 2017, less than 23 days away.

Against implementing the ban, the House called on the government to ensure that security agencies manned land borders diligently to enforce the payment of import duties and remittance to the public account.

“The House further urges the government to install border security and surveillance equipment for effective monitoring to address the recurring menace of smuggling and ensure a maximum revenue generation on all lawfully-imported goods”, the resolution stated.

The decision came after an All Progressives Congress lawmaker from Sokoto State, Abdullahi Salame, informed members that the policy could only worsen the “hunger, insecurity” in the land and cause job losses.

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