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Conspiracy against Nigeria’s Auto Industry : An Open Letter to President Buhari

FEMI OWOEYE Your Excellency, That two administrations found it impossible to get Nigeria’s new auto policy written in the nation’s statutes book is anomalous. Between 2011 and 2015, the bill got as far as President Goodluck Jonathan’s desk. An insider of the then administration argued that the president could not sign the bill due to pressure on him during his ...

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Three Years of President Buhari in Power: What Impacts on AUTO INDUSTRY?

FEMI OWOEYE Nigeria’s re-launched automotive policy was barely two years old, when President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office in 2015. By then, auto assembly plants had been sprouting again across the country. And so to those, who understand auto industry as one of the leading employers of labour in the world, Nigeria’s industrial future looked brilliant.  But as at at Tuesday, ...

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Why Nigerian Automotive Industry Development Bill Deserves Buhari’s Priority Assent

FEMI OWOEYE News about President Muhammadu Buhari’s assenting six bills on Friday(29th December 2017) activated my brain’s alarm. Going through the list of bills the president signed into law, I found the likes of Federal Capital Territory administration to legally and legitimately provide funds out of its statutory revenue fund for recurrent and capital expenditure, confirmation of the establishment of ...

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Nigeria at 57: Any Cause for Cheer in the Auto Industry?

FEMI OWOEYE Nigerian independence anniversary celebration has become a routine. Same song. Same speech. Same people. Same knives and forks. Same Cups. Same plates. Same table linen- only washed. Same places to eat it. Same toilet and toilet paper (being frugal). Different year, same banner. They just paint over the previous year’s one. Same old…same old. Oh God!! I am ...

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MMI Airport Security as Mockery of Buhari CHANGE Campaign

FEMI OWOEYE Obviously, Murtala Mohammed International Airport is an  important gateway into the Federal Republic of Nigeria. And its new vehicle car park seems to be taking forever to build, a situation, which the government security agencies manning the airport have been exploiting to the embarrassment of the country. No doubt, security agents planted at an international airport of that status ...

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Vehicle Import ban: Why Customs’ Demand for More Officers Is Unnecessary

FEMI OWOEYE This week, the Nigerian Custom Service(NCS) revealed it needed more men to man Nigerian porous borders so as to cope with aftermath of ban placed on importation of vehicles via the land borders. The Federal government should ignore their demands. It is unnecessary. The NCS have been major part of the smuggling problem over the years. And they ...

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How to Bloom Nigerian Auto Industry in 2017

FEMI OWOEYE What made the auto industry blossomed in the 1970s and early 1980s was partly and, most important, federal government import restriction order. Great Britain did it in the 60s. South Korea did it. Nigeria did it until President Shehu Shagari assumed office 1979 and opened the nation’s border to imported Asian and European automobiles. Those imported vehicles beat ...

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Why Land Borders Must Remain Shut Against Imported Used Vehicles

To a typical smuggler, who claims to be a stakeholder or car dealer, banning importation of cars through the land border means total ban. Anyway, that is the misinformation they like to spread so as to whip up sentiment. They tell ordinary man on the street that President Buhari has banned importation of used cars, leaving out second part of ...

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