The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama, has pledged that the party’s future administration will lift the ban on the importation of old cars.
According to him, the goal of this action is to increase young job prospects in the automotive sector.
The Akufo-Addo administration in 2020 stated that subject to the final enactment of the Customs Amendment Bill, it would not let the importation of secondhand automobiles that were more than ten years old or salvaged cars, also referred to as “accident cars.”
Speaking to artisans and traders at the Techiman Magazine, the former president and NDC flagbearer recommended the government to consider purchasing a sizable amount of the recently manufactured cars from domestic auto assembly firms.
“There are vehicle assembly plants owned by foreigners with the goal of assembling vehicle parts and selling brand-new cars to Ghanaians.,” he said
Mr. Mahama added that, “The affordability of these new cars is a challenge for many Ghanaians; the government should play a role in addressing this issue by purchasing a significant portion of these locally assembled cars.”
“Given the substantial demand for vehicles in the government sector, such a move could contribute to the profitability of these companies. Recognizing the financial constraints faced by ordinary Ghanaians in affording new cars, the NDC plans to eliminate the proposed ban on the importation of used vehicles,” he noted.