The Senate’s decision follows an appeal by Nigerian vehicles dealers to the government to overturn the said ban, which took effect from January 1, 2017, so as to continue to encourage economic growth and discourage crime.
In a motion jointly moved by Senators Barau Jibrin (Kano North), Kabiru Gaya (Kano South), Sabi Abdullahi (Niger North), Shehu Sani (Kadana Central) and Ali Wakili (Bauchi South), and titled “The Ban on the Importation of Vehicles Through the Land Borders into the Country”, the lawmakers asked the Ministry of Finance and the Nigerian Customs Service to immediate suspend the policy.
The upper house, during the plenary presided over by Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu on Wednesday, deemed the move as a deliberate effort by government to spite the poor.
“From the contributions made, it is obvious that the policy is unpopular. We are representatives of the people and the people have spoken through us that they do not want this policy. I think those in government should listen to them.”