Members of the Automobile, Boatyards, Transport, Equipment and Allied Senior Staff Association have urged the Federal Government to invest in the auto industry, own its auto company and create massive employment.
The workers, while commending the government for its endorsement of the automotive policy, advised that it must be fully implemented in order to encourage local production and create jobs.
AUTOBATE, in a statement signed by its President, Julius David; and General Secretary, Sola Olorunfemi, noted that public sector investment in the policy would generate revenue and create massive employment.
In addition, the union expressed a strong believe in the progressive review of the policy.
It stated, “We are particularly elated that the endorsement vindicates our earlier position that the auto policy must be fully implemented in order to boost local production and create more jobs. The essence of a real change in the economy is human development and this is one precise way to correctly demonstrate industrial growth.
“We, however urge the Federal Government to move further by directly investing in the industry and making history with a public sector auto company that will earmark us as real local producer of automobiles. This will widen public profit and create massive employment.”
The automobile workers stressed that partnership with technical experts, commercial banks and other stakeholders should commence, adding that the tracking of smuggled used cars with technology was a good move.