The House of Representatives has adopted a motion to stop the importation of vehicles for use by Nigerian Government officials.
At the plenary yesterday, the House called on the Federal Government to develop a policy. With a timeline to make it compulsory for Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, to restrict procurement of vehicles to those manufactured or assembled in Nigeria.
The motion, which was titled “Need to Prioritise the Procurement of vehicles Manufactured or Assembled in Nigeria by Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs”, was sponsored by Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama (Edo State).
In that motion, Ogbeide-Ihama expressed dissatisfaction that Nigeria had become a dumping ground for vehicles manufactured overseas further compounding the fact that many car manufacturing companies that used to exist in the country had packed up and relocated to neighboring countries
According to Ihama, Nigeria been relieved of the benefits of having technology transfer, employment for Nigerians, revenue generation through taxes, reduction in balance of trade deficit, increased GDP, and safety specification which he said accrued from locally made vehicles.
Consequently, he prayed for a deliberate policy of government to correct the anomalies and said he was “Worried that over 95 per cent of the vehicles procured by government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, are neither manufactured nor assembled in Nigeria.