Minister of Transport, Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has called on the stakeholders in the transport industry to operate within the confines of the government stipulated regulations for the growth of the country
Amaechi, who spoke weekend at the inauguration of the Motor Dealers Association of Nigeria in Abuja, however, warned that any operator who erred would be sanctioned.
According to him, the era of the operators in the industry seeing government activities as avenue where nothing worked was over, stating that stiff penalty henceforth await those cutting canners in the industry.
He stressed that government is currently understudying some of the policies put in place by the former administration with the view to fine-tuning them for the benefit of Nigerians.
The minister, who congratulated the newly elected members of the association, however, gave an assurance that the Buhari administration would soon unveil strategic plans in some of the critical sectors.
He challenged the association to ensure that importation of used vehicles into the country were carried out within the law adding that the support of the association would not go unnoticed as they provide employment opportunity for the teeming youths of Nigeria.
Earlier, the national president of the association, Engineer Ajibola Adedoyin had challenged the federal government to holistically carry out a review of its automotive policy in order to avoid the envisaged and the perceived back lash that may bring about failure in the implementation of the policy.
The automotive policy, he said needed to be properly formulated before its implementation, observing that the hasty move taken by immediate past administration ,if implemented, would throw billions of the tax payer money down the drain with an attendance hardship which the policy will bring to the Nigeria people.
“We are not in disagreement with the automotive policy of the former administration, but what we are saying is, if what needed to be put in place is not done before implementation of such policy, the attendant consequence of such policy will better be imagine.
“We should look at the indices prevalent in other countries we are trying to copy when such policies are being introduced into the country”, he stressed.
While expressing the reclines of the association to collaborate with the present administration in its change mantra in putting the nation economy in its rightful place, Adedoyin said the activities of the association would be reinvigorated in order to step up the revenue base of the country.
“The newly reconstituted members will do all that is required to ensure that the government auto policy is achieved considering the importance of the policy to the economy of the country as well as the present situation staring the faces of Nigeria”, he declared.
According to him, hence the Buhari administration focus is geared toward boosting the economic growth, all hands must be on desk to take the country out of its present lost glory to an enviable position.

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