The Senate Committee on Privatisation has proposed a complete ban on the importation of used cars, as part of government’s effort to boost local production.
Local automobile makers have been urged to manufacture affordable and energy-efficient cars for Nigerians so that the impact would not be felt, if and when the proposed ban is placed.
Car manufacturers and marketers have also been urged to have a flexible payment plan that stretches for about five years to enable low-income earners to buy.
Chairman of the committee, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, disclosed this on Monday, while on an oversight visit to the assembly plant of Volkswagen Nigeria Automobile Limited (VON) in Lagos.
Senator Ben Murray-Bruce said he will propose a ban on the importation of used cars (Tokunbo); but first, every Nigerian should be able to buy a brand new car in 10 seconds after the ban is placed.
Murray-Bruce, who is of the opinion that everybody who has a job should have a brand-new car, further called on car manufacturers to make provision for down payment of N250,000 and N300,000 monthly installments, as well as ensuring that the vehicles are fully insured for seven years.
Senator Bruce stressed that at least one million made-in-Nigeria cars should be made available on demand annually, and adds that the cars being sold in Nigeria are not energy efficient.
Hear him; “You (VON) are a distributor for Nissan and the firm has the number one electric car in the world. The electric car should be sold here.”
In response, the Managing Director, Volkswagen of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Tokunbo Aromolaran, said that energy efficient cars were possible if the infrastructure (i.e, electricity charging points where people can recharge their cars when they are on the road) supported it.
On the flexible payment plan proposed by Senator Murray-Bruce, the VON MD, who is also the Chairman, Nigerian Automobile Manufacturers Association, said it was possible with the commitment and backing of banks and financial institutions.