Ban On Vehicles Importation: The Good and The Bad
The ban on importation of vehicles through land borders by the Federal Government is creating rumpus in the public and business circles as people criticize the new regulation.
The Nigerian Customs said in a statement on Monday that it has placed ban on importation of both fairly used and new vehicles through land borders, saying that the enforcement would begin in January 2017.
In a statement signed by Mr. Wale Adeniyi, the Public Relations of the Customs Service, the regulation came as a directive from the Federal Government.
However, Nigerians mostly the middle class had been criticizing the regulation, describing it as anti-people that could cripple the economy the more instead of solving the present economic recession.
Many Nigerian middle class bring in cars from abroad through neighbouring countries but with the new policy, it appears many of them will live without cars.
They argued that bringing vehicles to the country by land is far cheaper than using the water, which according to them is an agenda to impoverish the middle class.
According to a car seller in Ikeja, most of the cars on window display across the metropolis came through the Republic of Benin. “It is cheaper and faster,” he said.
He said that the stress and bureaucracy at the Customs could be frustrating and since many car dealers could deal with it by passing through land, it was better.
In his argument, a car dealer at Berger along Apapa Port, Lagos, Mr. Sola Salako told our correspondent that the ban was a good idea because it would eradicate smuggling and make more market for those who operate legal business.
He said, “Most of the vehicles at Berger came through water and have endured the customs bureaucracy. They need to make profit but the smugglers are spoiling market for us.”