Hopes that the federal government may soon ban the importation of used vehicles in pursuit of the Nigeria Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP) may have been dashed as the implementing agency of the NAIDP, National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), is not looking in that direction for now.

Rather, the NADDC is working on a plan, in conjunction with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to introduce compulsory issuance of road worthy certificates on all used vehicles to be imported into Nigeria from their countries of origin.

According to the Director of Policy and Planning in the NADDC, Mr. Luqman Mamudu, the move by the council which is still in the works, is meant to check activities of importers who import all sorts of vehicles into the country. “The plan is still being worked out with SON, to ensure that part of the documents required to bring in used vehicles would be Road Worthy Certificate”.

Mamudu spoke in Lagos during the Automotive Industry Implementation and Monitoring Committee meeting held in Lagos, which was presided over by the new Director-General of NADDC, Mr. Jelani Aliyu.

Meanwhile, the NADDC DG revealed that a total of 57 automakers have received approval to establish auto assembly plants in Nigeria, just as a total of 10,673 vehicles were assembled last year in the country in pursuit of the NAIDP. It was also stated that the assembly plants had between January and July this year produced 8,473 automobiles.

Part of the measures to encourage more production of vehicles locally and continued patronage was the enforcement of an Executive Order by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to all its ministries, departments and agencies of the government to buy made-in-Nigeria’s vehicles.

In 2013, the NADDC said 1,605 vehicles were assembled locally; that was when only 11 firms had approval to assemble vehicles in Nigeria. The staff strength of all the assembly plants, it said, had risen from 745 in 2014 to 4,782 this year.

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