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Senate To Stop Importation Of Used Cars

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The Senate Committee on Privatization, has said it will sponsor a motion to stop the importation of used cars into the country.

Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, chairman of the committee, disclosed this while on a short visit to the Volkswagen Automobile assembly plant in Lagos on Tuesday.

Bruce also called on local manufacturers to make affordable and energy-efficient cars for Nigerians.

According to the senator, about one million made-in-Nigeria cars can also be made available annually when in demand.

He said: “We want one million cars a year. Everybody who has a job should have a brand-new car. I will propose a ban on the importation of Tokunbo cars; but first, every Nigerian should be able to buy a brand new car in 10 seconds after we put up the ban, not ban and wait for two years.

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“The car manufacturers should make provision for down payment of N250,000 and N30,000 monthly instalments. The vehicle should be fully insured for seven years.

“Another important thing is that the cars being sold in Nigeria are not energy efficient. You (VON) are a distributor for Nissan and the firm has the number one electric car in the world. The electric car should be sold here.”

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