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Confusion, respite for trapped cars as Senate rejects ban on car imports via land border

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What can be described as mixed feelings has engulfed the scenario at land borders following the rejection, Wednesday, by Senate of the Federal Government’s ban on the importation of vehicles through the land borders in the country.

While describing the policy as diversionary and ‘anti-people and meant to further impoverish Nigerians,’ Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided, specifically urged President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to the cries of Nigerians and rescind the decision.

According to the Enugu State born lawmaker, “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.”

As part of efforts to give bite to the rejection, the Senate called on the Customs Service to immediately suspend further action on its policy of an outright ban on the importation of vehicles through our land borders as from 1st January, 2017.

Besides, the Senate Committee on Customs and Excise was mandated to investigate the circumstances that led to the sudden decision of the Federal Government on the issue of the importation of vehicles through the land borders.


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