The minister stated this when she fielded questions from State House correspondents in Abuja, and Nigerians have been reacting.
According to her, the Bill was part of measures to make transportation affordable, thereby reducing the cost of foodstuff in the country, so it’ll be a welcome development.
She added that her ministry advocated and got approval for a reduction in the import duties charged on vehicles precisely to check inflation trends, and she is very proud.
Her words, “When you look at the components that constitute inflation in our country, the largest contributor is food inflation and food inflation also, if you decouple it, the largest contributor to food inflation is the cost of transport.”
“We now look at how do we reduce the cost of transport because we can’t give every Nigerian money to pay for their transportation fares.”
”We figured that one of the good ways to do it is to increase the acquisition of mass transit vehicles and to reduce the acquisition cost of vehicles and tractors that are used for productive purposes like agriculture.”
“So the reason why we reduce those duties is to reduce the cost of transportation.”
”So, once this implementation takes full effect, we are hoping that we’ll be able to see more tractors coming into the country, more mass transit buses coming to the country, reducing the cost of transportation as a result, and also having an impact on food prices.”
“We are all concerned as an administration about the smuggling of rice into the Nigerian markets and if this is allowed to continue, it will definitely distort the local production.”
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