President Muhammadu Buhari says the ban on importation of vehicles through land borders was to encourage Nigerians to patronise locally assembled vehicles.
According to The Guardian President stated this in Enugu on Saturday during the foundation stone laying ceremony of Eastern Vehicle Assembling Limited (EVAL) and launch of EVAL vehicles.
Buhari, who was represented by his Senior Special Adviser on Legal and Electoral Matters, Mrs. Juliet Ibekaku, also pledged to put in place the enabling environment to encourage and protect locally assembled vehicles.
According to Buhari, “We are already fine tuning our procurement policy to support preferential purchase of local vehicles. We are optimistic that in no distant time the support we are giving the automotive sector will generate more jobs and career employment for our young and teeming youths as well as drive the economy.”
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