Kick Starter with Femi Owoeye

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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What Will it Benefit CBN, If Nigeria Auto Industry Dies?

FEMI OWOEYE When President Muhammadu Buhari talked about diversification, I clapped. When the government even boasted of reviving the petrochemical as well as the steel rolling mills, I thumped up. For I know these have always been the right way to go, even before our economy went into recess. Recession was not entirely the making of this government, agreed. But, ...

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Arrest, Prosecute Motorist Who Pulled Gun at FRSC Officers Now

FEMI OWOEYE Last Sunday, a motorist, who just finished worshipping at a “Winners Chapel” church in Abuja, reportedly attempted to gun down an armless official of the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) for daring to ask him to wear seat belt. As reported, the suspect, driving a car with registration number: SD01 RBC, had on board his wife and children. He ...

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Does Toyota Nigeria Merit LCCI 2016 Award?

By: FEMI OWOEYE Recently, Toyota Nigeria Limited (TNL) emerged only Nigerian Automobile Company decorated at this year’s Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) annual award, instituted to recognize deserving sectors of the nation’s economy. Not less than 19 awards were presented to different organizations for standing out in their various sectors. TNL clinched the ‘High Standard in Automobile Service ...

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Lagos Irrational Fuel Queues and Ambode’s One-Day Brag

By: FEMI OWOEYE When, last week, the Lagos State government ruled that it would no longer tolerate indiscriminate queues for fuel in Lagos, I thumped up, thinking Governor Ambode had decided to live up to first four letters of his name: “Ambo..”, which literarily translates to “we are coming”. Thursday, relevant government agencies, including DPR, LASTMA and the police swung ...

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My Fears about Driverless Cars

By: FEMI OWOEYE There is possibility that most future automobiles would be autonomous. In Wester nations, UK for instance, insurance companies are concerned. They still can’t decipher who to blame in case of accidents. It seems tricky. After all, conventional practice is that, in case of accidents, driver of a vehicle, not necessarily owner is culpable. Now we are talking ...

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