The Association of Motor Dealers of Nigeria (AMDON) has said that 3 million Nigerians may soon lose their jobs.
AMDON said this would happen if the government goes ahead with its planned ban on importation of fairly –used cars through land borders.
The National Organizing and Social Secretary of AMDON, Alhaji Bashir Idris-Ataka, made the disclosure in Gusau, Zamfara.
Bashir said the policy is anti-people since it would further worsen unemployment rates across the nation,
Idris-Ataka, the Managing Director of Na’ala Motors Company, said that those likely to lose their jobs, as a result of the policy, include dealers, middlemen, and drivers.
“We are appealing to the government to look at the policy again and change it to a better alternative.
“The Federal Government has to consider the effect of the policy on the economy”, he said.
“We have met with the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and the House of Representatives Committee on Customs Service.
“And we have laid our complaints before them.
“We are hoping it will yield positive results.
“Government should look into our complaints carefully and look at the problems that the policy may cause and provide possible solutions to them,” he said.
Idris-Ataka described the association as a law-abiding one that had been contributing immensely to the economy.
He said their association has by providing employment opportunities to millions of Nigerians.
“We are ever ready to cooperate with government at all levels, to improve the socio-economic development of the country.
“We also contribute to the nation’s income, as we pay revenue to the government at all levels.
“we are, therefore, appealing to the government to listen to our complaints,’’ Idris-Ataka said.