Nigeria’s parliament has opposed the government’s ban on vehicle imports through land borders and has asked the government to undo the ban.
Banning vehicle imports may stem the flow of vehicles through the border, but smuggling will likely persist as in the case of the government’s ban on rice imports through the same border last year, because underlying factors (e.g. corruption) have not been adequately addressed. The import ban via land borders has been widely unpopular and we expect the government will eventually relax the ban in order to boost political capital ahead of election campaigns beginning next year. Meanwhile, the parliamentary opposition towards this policy of banning vehicular land imports doesn’t only indicate the MPs’ lack of faith in this policy, but it also shows the growing independence of the legislature , its reflection of the will of the people and visibly, the strengthening of Nigeria’s democracy.
Written by Adedayo Ademuwagun, Lagos-based Analyst
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