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Multi-billion Naira Worth Of Equipments Imported By NADDC For Auto Industry Projects Rot Away –Ex-agency Boss

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Multi-billion Naira Worth Of Equipments Imported By NADDC For Auto Industry Projects Rot Away –Ex-agency Boss - autojosh

Multi-billion naira worth of equipments imported by NADDC for Auto Industry projects rot away, says Ex-agency boss, Luqman Mamudu.

He revealed this during Auto CEOs Forum, where CEO of auto companies and other stakeholders called for a review of the Finance Act.

The Finance Act had been making it difficult for local auto assemblers to compete with sellers of fully-built imported vehicles.

Auto CEOs who spoke during the forum includes that of Nord Motors, Lanre Shittu Motors, and Deputy Managing Director, CFAO Motors.





Multi-billion Naira Worth Of Equipments Imported By NADDC For Auto Industry Projects Rot Away –Ex-agency Boss - autojosh

A multi-billion naira worth of massive land and imported equipments acquired by the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) for auto industry projects in different parts of the country are rotting away.

This was revealed by a former acting Director-General of the NADDC, Mr Luqman Mamudu, during the Auto CEOs Forum in Abuja, where CEO of auto companies and other stakeholders called for a review of the Finance Act. The Finance Act had been making it difficult for local auto assemblers to compete with sellers of fully-built imported vehicles.

To give the auto policy a sound footing, Mamudu said FG invested billions of naira to acquire the huge land and import the needed equipments for industrial clusters in six major cities across the country.

Multi-billion Naira Worth Of Equipments Imported By NADDC For Auto Industry Projects Rot Away –Ex-agency Boss - autojosh

For instance, he said the government paid N300m for the land housing a test centre in Ikorodu, a suburb of Lagos State, while about N1bn was spent to bring in test equipments to test vehicles’ emission level to the facility.

Mamudu debunked the insinuation the NADDC did not consult widely before the auto policy was put together. He added that for about six months the agency held meetings and with other agencies, relevant groups and auto players on the matter.





Multi-billion Naira Worth Of Equipments Imported By NADDC For Auto Industry Projects Rot Away –Ex-agency Boss - autojosh

He gave an overview of the policy, its objectives using a global template and the requirements to actualise the project such as incentives to attract investors/OEMs, acceptable credit facility for vehicle assemblers and buyers and anti-smuggling programme.

He said :

“There is no need to change the National Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP). We need to review time taken for renewal of yearly licence. It doesn’t have to take five months.”

Auto CEOs who spoke during the forum included : Olutobi Ajayi of Nord Motors, Taiwo Shittu of Lanre Shittu Motors, and Deputy Managing Director, CFAO Motors, Kunke Jaiyesimi.

The Auto CEOs said the current import duty of 10 per cent import duty for fully- built units (vehicles) and 10 per cent for Semi Knocked Down (SKD) vehicles were discouraging local assembly of vehicles.

“There is no way local assembly plants can compete with FBU vehicle importers at 10 per cent duty. We buy diesel, pay workers, among other running costs but they don’t,” said Ajayi.





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