The members of the House of Representatives have called for suspension of the ban placed on importation of vehicles by the federal government.
National Assembly, Abuja
During Thursday’s plenary at the National Assembly in Abuja, the Federal House of Representatives, asked the Federal Government to suspend its new policy to place a ban on the importation of vehicles through land borders.
According to Punch, the federal lawmakers specifically advised President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene by urgently directing the Nigerian Customs Service to reverse the policy which is expected to come into effect from January 2017, less than 23 days away.
The Reps members called on the federal government to ensure that security agencies manned land borders diligently to enforce the payment of import duties and remittance to the public account.
“The House further urges the government to install border security and surveillance equipment for effective monitoring to address the recurring menace of smuggling and ensure a maximum revenue generation on all lawfully-imported goods”, the resolution stated.
The resolution of the lawmakers arose after Hon. Abdullahi Salame, an All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker from Sokoto State, informed members that the policy could only worsen the “hunger, insecurity” in the land and cause job losses.