The Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria has urged the Federal Government to grant another six months extension to the full implementation of the National Automotive Policy in the country.
The National President of the RTEAN, Alhaji Musa Shehu, made the appeal while addressing newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.
Shehu said the association also sought for a 70 per cent waiver on over 4,000 commuters’ vehicles, including high capacity buses, that would be imported into the country.
He said the request was to help in reducing the hardship in vehicular movement of commuters and boost the nation’s transport system.
He said: “The initiative is coming at a time when the Federal Government is discouraging importation of vehicles and encouraging local manufacturing of vehicles in the country.
“We support the Federal Government’s automotive policy but we are still appealing that local manufactures cannot meet the demand of our nation at the moment.”
According to Shehu, the RTEAN is running a nationwide mass transit scheme in which most of the vehicles will be dedicated to students, workers, the disabled and the less privileged at a low price.
Shehu said the scheme was done to support the Transformation Agenda of the Federal Government for the benefit of the people.
He appealed to the general public, especially the youth, workers, National Assembly and civil society organisations to support government’s programmes that would provide better road transport system.