It was gathered that the National Automotive Design and Development Council has said it will take necessary steps to combat the sale of substandard vehicles and fake auto parts across the country
The Director-General, NADDC, Mr. Aminu Jalal, who spoke through the agency’s Technical Adviser, Mr. Abubakar Dalhat, at a training workshop in Kano, said the council in collaboration with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria had adopted over 130 international automotive standards for safety.
The NADDC DG said as part measures being taken to enhance standards in the Nigerian automotive industry, the agency had established automotive test laboratories for emission, components and materials in Lagos, Enugu and Zaria, which would be inaugurated by the end of the year.
He stated, “At our request, SON plans to start implementing the Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Programme on imported vehicles by requiring that all used vehicles imported into Nigeria have roadworthiness certificates from their country of origin.
“Vehicle assembly plants and local content manufacturers are being encouraged and assisted to produce good quality items and obtain the ISO 9001: 2008 QMS certification. A training programme on the ISO/TS 16949: 2009, which is a requirement for the implementation of the ISO 9001: 2008 QMS for 20 workers of assembly plants in Nigeria will commence this year.”
According to the council, standards are limits of quality and specifications for products that provide guarantee for their optimal safe use. They provide legal enforceable means to evaluate acceptability and sale-ability (usefulness) of products and/or services.
Jalal was quoted in a statement on Sunday as saying that vehicles and auto parts, whether classified as safety items or non-safety items, must conform to international standards, noting that their sudden failure in service might result in fatal crashes
Already, he said the agency had commenced a training programme that would ensure that vehicles and auto spare parts offered for sale in Nigeria meet international quality and safety standards.
Jalal said the training, being organised in conjunction with stakeholders in the auto industry, would expose participants to techniques and skills required to differentiate between genuine and substandard motor spare parts with a view to halting or minimising their sale.
This, he noted, was embarked upon to reduce road accidents and save the lives of motorists and other road users.
Jalal said, “Substandard automotive spare parts often function improperly, or fail prematurely, causing colossal damage to the affected vehicles. The implication of the failure of such substandard safety parts in vehicles is often very severe, leading in some cases to road crashes that could cause loss of lives, and not just to the vehicle owner/driver, but also to other road users.”