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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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Is Auto Industry Safe in President Buhari’s Hands?

By: FEMI OWOEYE It is understandable that, with the continuous crash of the oil prices in the world market, government has been incapacitated financially. Notwithstanding, in a situation like this, economic theory of Opportunity cost and alternative forgone becomes handy. This is a period when relevant government policies, actions and inactions should naturally favour local industries above foreign ones. Reason: ...

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Where are Former Lawmakers’ Official vehicles?

Common argument among current legislators is that four-year-old exotic vehicles do not befit “honourable members”. Law makers elected to represent Nigerians at the national level deserve some element of comfort, no doubt. In case they have to attend to constitutional assignments or what they call oversight functions, a pool bus might not be ideal, as the lawmakers may not always ...

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Need to Banish Taste for Imported Vehicles: Buy Nigeria!

By: FEMI OWOEYE Given the number of auto assembly plants now operating in Nigeria, coupled with the federal government’s resolve to pump funds into power generation, the nation could be on its way to industrialization. But, sadly, unless Nigerians, including government functionaries and individuals kill their silly tastes for imported new and used vehicles, it would never reach there. Of ...

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Ultimatum to VW Nigeria and Hypocrisy of Consumer Protection Council

By: FEMI OWOEYE About six weeks after Volkswagen AG confessed in the United States that millions of its brands contained software that could cheat pollution tests, Nigeria’s Consumer Protection Council (CPC) issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Volkswagen Nigeria to provide information on the status of its vehicles in relation to the emissions cheating software. It also requested the company ...

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Are Auto Marketers Being Honest with Nigerians?

Despite the nation’s freedom of information law, certain Nigerian automobile dealers still withhold vital information about their products. Some romance with few “journal-leases”, and shut their doors against selected others. Releasing new cars to journalist for test-drive, a standard practice around the world, including South Africa, is what certain dealers frown at. Some do organize guided road tests. At the end, even ...

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