Nigerian FG Has Banned Importation Of Used Cars, Tokunbo Vehicles

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Oct 3rd, 2013 – Nigerian FG Has Banned Importation Of Used Cars, Tokunbo Vehicles

Nigerians motorists and used car dealers have condemned the Federal Government’s ban on the importation of fairly used cars, popularly known as tokunbo cars, into the country, saying it is a policy that would not work.

While some said it would end up improving the economy of neighbouring Benin Republic and fatten the pockets of customs officials as a result of illegal importation, others wondered how the government could just decide on policies without taking into consideration the poor standard of living of the people.

The Federal Executive Council, FEC, had on Wednesday approved the Automotive Industry Development Plan for the development of the nation’s automotive industry and according to the Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, the plan was expected to attract investment to the sector and transform the automotive industry to realise its potential as a major driver of economic growth.

It is believed that this new policy would sound the death knell for the importation of fairly used vehicles into the country.

But to a car dealer, Eddy Okorie, the Chief Executive Officer of Eddyson Dealership Ltd, in his reaction, said the government should have put in place alternatives before even announcing the policy.

“In a country where we cannot manufacture even an ordinary tyre currently, you are talking about an auto assembly plant. Even if you want to, why don’t you set up the plant first and see how it works before gradually phasing out tokunbo cars? How many Nigerians can even afford new cars?

“If the President thinks he can ban tokunbo cars so that he and others can be the only few to own cars, that is not possible,” he said.

Okorie advised that the government must immediately think about reversing the policy in the interest of the country, adding that he was sure the government wanted to cause more confusion so as to shift the attention of Nigerians away from its failure.

“It is not possible. Let us watch out,” he declared.

A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mufutau Egberongbe, said the decision was further evidence of the maladministration of the President Goodluck Jonathan government and the ineptitude of his advisers.

“In a country where the government has failed to provide mass transit scheme, cheap rail and water transportation, the people would create alternatives for themselves and this is why they get the tokunbo cars that are even not for the masses.

“A very good tokunbo car costs at least a million naira. How many Nigerians can afford that? Even if the government has promised the establishment of assembly plants, has it considered the environment? Can such a plant be established without power?” he asked, describing the idea as unreasonable.

He said any good government would allow the assembly plants to thrive while allowing for the importation of cars as part of the free market policy which the government had often preached about.

Human rights lawyer, Bamidele Aturu, said the policy was dead on arrival.

Aturu said the government was groping in the dark concerning its focus. He wondered why the government could think that it could effectively establish assembly plants during the lifespan of the present administration.

“Everyone knows that no such plant is possible in this administration, especially where the government is even owing states allocations.

“If you are going to ask people to come and invest in the automobile industry, what is your environment like? This whole thing sounds like a joke.

“To me, the Federal Executive Council just thought it won’t be nice to come out and tell Nigerians they have not been working. So they decided on the policy and announced their plan for assembly plants when they know they cannot provide even one,” he said.

Another lawyer, Azeez Olagoke, said it was unreasonable of the government to think in that direction.

“Where’s the environment for that?” he asked, saying he expected the government to set a target of up to 10 years for the completion of the assembly plants before thinking of phasing out tokunbo cars, and that there should be an assurance that the locally manufactured cars are affordable.

“It is a policy that died before it was conceived and the government must urgently reverse it,” he said.

Rights activist, Biodun Sowunmi, said it was unfortunate that the government enacts policies before considering the people for whom such policies are made.

He also said the decision would create mega dealers and further concentrate wealth in the hands of a very few Nigerians.

“There is no country where tokunbo cars are banned. You can only regulate the age of the cars to be imported. The government must also allow the principle of free trade.

“Create industries for new cars and allow tokunbo cars, then the people can choose,” he added.

The President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Shettima Yerima, said such a ban cannot be enforced anywhere in the world. Therefore, it cannot work in Nigeria.

“If those in government can afford new cars, how many other Nigerians can? Why do these people formulate policies without consideration for the people they are to serve?

“The government can go ahead with assembly plants and allow for the importation of cars so that people can make their choices.

“We are not slaves and you can’t therefore just coerce us into accepting your products,” he said.

Ipoola Omisore, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, said the government was yet to recover from its fumbling and wobbling.

He recalled that through government’s policies the country no longer has a middle class.

“I wonder why the government is banning importation of tokunbo cars in situations where people like me cannot afford a new one except for government’s provision of an official car.

“I like President Jonathan because he is very quick at taking decisions only to end up reversing them with little protests from the people.

“I will just ask Nigerians not to worry because it would soon be reversed since their President is never a man of his words and never courageous,” he said.

Another member of the House, Bisi Yusuff, said though it was a nice idea, “all I can say is, instead of banning, he should have done it in stages.

“He should first establish the plants, let them work effectively before considering banning importation of tokunbo cars.”

[PM News]

32 thoughts on “Nigerian FG Has Banned Importation Of Used Cars, Tokunbo Vehicles

    • It’s hard to say my friend. what do you expect when the illiterates (president and co) are leading the literates….?

    • Right on point @ bezo
      Nigeria is a Tokunbo country while Nigerians are Tokunbo people
      So the ban will make naija people miserable

  1. This is a total madness!! He should think of other things like POWER to implement and not looking for silly excuses. Look at the River Niger Bridge that has been expired since 15 Years ago. We need power in our Country Mr. President. GIVE US ELECTRICITY AND GOOD HOSPITALS.

  2. I don’t blame d president,afterall d ban on tokunbo vehicles wll nt hv much negative impact on people of bayelsa state,hence majority of them use canoe as their means of transportation.

  3. I really don’t blame this so call Animal president,from my own perspective he’s a bad luck already and why on earth he would even marry that low class woman if his IQ is working fine,of course not,as far as am concern i will vote for goat instead of him.
    worst president ever in Nigeria history.

    • Haba! young man, easy o, Policies are bound to be made but not bound to work out in a society. Just leave Mr. President because of a truth, uneasy lies the head that wear the crown. Those to really blame are those who suggested such menace for him to approve. Everybody know this policy cannot work in Naija so bros just chill, let them dance while the music last.

      As for revote, the issue is who knows who will come in next and what he will be up to, so lets leave that for God and just pray instead of hating the man on the hot seat. Naija go better one day.

  4. God is watching, All the Foreign Money dey for overseas account, Una still dey Ban tokunbo, make the price come high well well if we pay smuggler to bring am from cotonou, Una no even Pity Poor man.E go better one day. God DEY

  5. God is watchingooo ! You have all our money stashed abroad, and still bank tokunbo? This will bring 100% increase in smuggling and prices of vehicles. Or is this a plan between you and beninoise? Pity The Masses, God dey !

  6. DO the PDP ppl want everybody to runs and leave the country may be go to cotonou or Togo bco with this policy that means only the rich will live.
    what will happen to ppl there cars are on the high sea or just arrived seaport.
    So pit that our government that suppose to be thinking about there citizen they are even finding means to kill them. Ireland for example was bailed out by EU yet there still pay elderly ones, ppl that do not have work, every week about 21,700 to 43,400 Naria and under 18yrs do receive monthly allowance, once you are above 60yrs u will not pay for bus or train within the country.
    The country that Lagos state is richer in terms of anything you can think of do take care of her citizens even foreigners do benefit from this.
    Y our govt are not thinking of anything good for us, how much will take them to put steady power, if u want cheap labor to to china and bring them to build it for us. for how long will we continue on this dark age.
    Suppose our govt are doing sometin good as this Irish govt give u with right hand and collect it with left hand but u must not hungry it should have be better than not giving and even making it worst

  7. jonathan,ouching is like u ar getting stupid. do u think dat dee way u ar touching money is hw all man is touching it? this has been our problem in nigeri. when one enters into power he forgot all his past. look at jonathan of yesterday? now he is talking about new cars. remember there was a time u dont hav even food to eat talk of buying tokumbo car. now God hav raised you. and u ar showing ungratefuness. all nigeria leaders, i knew ur family backgrounds before u became a leader. soo, people should stop provoking we the youths? do u people think dat we can not do revolution? look at wht happened in arab countries. non of u nigeria leaders is or was tough as arab leaders like. Gadaffi, mubarak, ben ali and co. u people ar not God ok. ur condition might be worster than that of Gadafi and co. jonathan be warned

  8. @kunle. and u’r d worst GOAT to ever comment on this forum. Afterall that’s y u’ll rather vote 4 ur fellow goats.
    Authomobile industry is one of the greatest employer of labour in countries that make them e.g germany, u.s, japan, china, u.k, india,etc and these countries would rather buy a made in their countries product than imports. U may ask how many people can buy a new car but l bet u a brand new golf is more efficient than a tokunbor jeep.

  9. When we still hav more pressing thingz 2 look at they ar looking at buildin a car assembling factory that boko niggerz wil target 2moro, let set our priorities right…….naija lives on

  10. The problem of Nigerians is not the president, but the Nigerians themselves. I don’t see anything wrong in the decision the president had taken. Tokunbo cars are not imported into the western world. The Tokunbo cars are cars that are already rejected in the roads of the countries where they were bought from.
    Because of the awkward and backward thinking and reasoning of Nigerians, how would they expect anything good to come out of the country? By building the automobile plants, will lead to generation of jobs and enforce the generation of constant power supply.
    Those complaining and blackmailing the country, do Nigerians know even that Nigeria export car glass to the western part of the world? Build your country and stop complaining. Tokunbo cars are toxic waste in Europe and Africa especially Nigeria is their dumping ground. All you know is about making money at the detriment of the countries economic growth.
    India produces their cars which is cheap for their citizens and the consumption of India’s automobile products (cars) is growing increasingly in the western part of the world.
    With the level of thinking and reasoning in Nigeria, that is why they fly aircraft that are already out dated into our African atmosphere.
    Nigerians change and build your country. We have a lot of educated illiterates in there, go back to school and start learning from the basics you bigots

  11. If Nigeria is a human being,am sure she could have killed herself a long time ago.Boko haram is threating d very foundation of Nigeria still no good results,stike,no security.how on earth did this fools got that seats? they over look d main problem digging for ants.when u let a mad drum for u either u make itself a laughing stock before d world or pass out from exhaustion.Nigeria is not your toy or personal biz u run with as u like.shame on u heartless monsters,53yr old with nothing to show for it instead people risk their lives to run away from u as far as possible.if only I have d power and resouces,i will gather all d good people of my country run to where i am now and let d fools wake up in a empty country to run as he likes with boko haram as his neigbours.whoever that dishes out advice to this fools, l want u to know that your days may have been numbered,becos armed robbers and kidnappers will increase in numbers.don’t be d one that crosses d bridge and set it on fire becos that tunnel you thought is there have been sealed .

  12. Stanley,if don’t know how things work I ask around. the fuel we produced in our state is not always avalible,we copy product from others and mess it,u Stanley already borrowed a word u don’t know d depth,I live in USA and export vegetable oil,diapers and generators.I will be more than happy to give you a letter of invitation at no cost to u to come pack rejected cars as u claim. d Americans also import things from other. state.not everybody in Nigeria can afford a brand new car which of u know they will still get it from any place.d US don’t produce all d cars in here.d future car builders are still off d chart while d is moving fast ahead.naija already have a ten year old banned car policy which is good,I will stand on top off d highest fountain and tell u that u Stanley is d educated illiterate becos half of what u said is beautiful rubbish and u still used it on everybody here even those who are wished than u,make use u copy this.no country can depend on just their product to survive,if u don’t have money to get a car for xmas ,don’t worry next year till next.I used that word on Jim not on everybody that was where u failed and copied.Nigeria have a bigger problem at hand that should be taken care of not this.only a fool will see his son fighting for his life from a python and rush to stop his chickens from fighting.tackle d issue that is killing and destroying people.lets start by talking about our schools who will be those that makes d car then we climb to d issue of making sure they are not killed in their bed or bomb on d way to work to make d car.then you make use d drugs they take when sick is not chalk from my primary school teacher.

  13. Bezo:zombie if more than half of d house (najiagist)see and know that u are a fool,degrading myself to talk such me shame on me.get a life please.

  14. Bezo d zombie,I taught I will be d one cure u of ur mental problem but am sorry,your brain is dent beyond repair.am very sorry to pass this message to ur people d damage that took place in ur brain are as follows:poverty,shameless act,abandonment by lovem ones.resentment from beautiful sensible women,joblessnessw,watching his mate buy cars and houses,unbel,iveable ugliness,low self esteem,lack of formal education,poor personal hygiene,attention seeking syndrome and much that d machine that idetifiy.so Mr and Mrs Bezo am sorry I can’t keep wasting my qualified time on person we have no hope of saving,to make matters worst,some loved ones in our facility(naijagist) no longer approve me of administering our pills on him.Bezo is just a lost battle and we are sorry to let u know that he is useless case.RED is advising u as woman to woman to get pregnant or adopt a new babay.we will be well pleased if u can sign over his damaged brain to us for teaching our students and may be make or hit d right drugs for future reasons which we doubt necks such case of bezo takes place once in a life time case.is a highly rare case of stupidity.am so sorry u once counted him as a son.RED(bezo medical doctor.)

  15. well to me its a good idea if the ban will make our dear country to be on its feet in terms of development. I PRAY ONE DAY NIGERIA WILL JOIN OTHER COUNTRIES IN PRODUCING NOT ONLY CAR ALONE BUT WILL PRODUCE AEROPLANE IN JESUS NAME.AM URGING MY FELLOW NIGERIANS WHO ARE ONLY GOOD IN WRONG THOUGHTS,MAKING LOCAL ARMUNITIONS SUCH AS GUNS AND BOMBS,DESTROYING WHAT OUR FATHERS HAVE BUILT.LETS GIVE OUR LEADERS A CHANCE TO IMPLIMENT THEIR DECISIONS AND SEE THE OUTCOME BEFOR WE REACT.LETS ZERO OUR MINES,DEPEND ON OUR PRODUCTS.LET OUR LEADERS ALSO LIVE AN EXAMPLARY LIFE BY CASTING OUT THE FOREIGN THINGS WE HAVE IN OUR HOMES.LIVE BY THE WAGES YOU EARN NOT BY STEALING WHAT BELONGS TO ALL.

  16. This is the dividend when a president marry an illiterate woman, wrong decision will always surface…………………………………..

  17. What has banning tokunbo cars to do with the solution to our numerous problems? Lets not be fooled and brain washed here, the idea is right but some things have to be put in place first. My advice to this present Govt. is to think,agree and implement(in the interest of the people). And not the other way round. Lets be orderly,even with words…l hope we know by now that our problems are self made… and the ”WORLD” is watching how we fix it. And FIX IT we must.

  18. niajah our own country, niajah needs medical attention.if we could get d right medicine to cure dis nation niajah. hw can dey think of dis stupid idea of bannin tokunbo cars, which dey kwn dat d poor masses cant offord newly cars… were we dey go sef for dis country niajah god go help us

  19. Really am tired of Nigeria Government..this is the was government on this earth…all know what they are doing…they will not think good thing for the country, only bad idea.,I believe God will save us…, one day they will take the punishment one by one..

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