Automakers, dealers and other stakeholders have expressed anger over China’s resolve to push its used vehicles to Nigeria and other global markets as a strategy to shore up its income from automobile.
Although no government official connected with the auto industry and vehicle import was willing to confirm the development, The Punch gathered on Tuesday that not less than 25 per cent of about 40,000 used vehicles imported through the Nigerian ports in the last two months were China-made.
But local automakers and dealers are unequivocal in rejecting the arrangement, which they insist will kill the local auto industry.
They said it was absurd for Nigeria to allow China to ship its used vehicles to the country at a time many automakers were still battling with the influx of used European and American auto brands.
They called it an attempt to make Nigeria a dumping ground for used vehicles with short lifespan.
The General Manager, Marketing and Corporate Communications at the Coscharis Group, Mr Abiona Babarinde, said, “If this position is correct, it will be counterproductive and unfortunate. Used cars from China or any country should not be encouraged by our government now. It will not be value-adding.
“Nigeria will be a dumping ground for all manner of vehicles. This can’t grow the local auto industry; it will be a setback for the local assemblers of vehicles.
“Besides, it will be confusing for government to encourage importation of used vehicles from China at the time same it is encouraging local production of vehicles.”
The Marketing Manager of Dana Motors, Mr Olawale Jimoh, told The Punch that allowing used Chinese models into the country would not only retard the little progress made in the last five years with the establishment of an auto policy but would also cripple the nation’s economy with massive job losses.
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