It is with immense joy and huge sense of commitment and duty that I address you at this important Training Workshop on Identification of Sub-standard Auto Spare Parts.
This is the second in the series of Training Workshops planned by the Stakeholders Committee to take place at different times across the country.
The first one took place in Abuja where about 120 persons drawn from relevant organizations were trained at the one-day event.
However, drawing from the successes recorded at the event, the Stakeholders Committee agreed that a similar training should be held in Lagos in order to spread the effects of this laudable program.
The essence of this workshop is to expose participants to basic Identification Techniques for the detection of Sub-standard Auto Spare Parts, the knowledge of which is to be used during the enforcement or implementation stage of the prohibition of the sale of substandard auto parts in the country.
Consequences of Using Substandard Automotive Spare Parts on Motor Vehicle
Substandard Automotive spare parts in motor vehicles often function improperly, or fail prematurely causing damages or drastic loss of efficiency to the affected vehicle. 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 in most cases resulting in financial losses, not just to vehicle owner but also to other road users.
This ugly trend has become worrisome to stakeholders hence this initiative by them. The main objective of the training workshop is to chart a way forward on the enforcement of the prohibition of sale of sub-standard products in the pilot states (FCT and Lagos) and subsequently replicate it in other states of the federation.
The Stakeholders Planning Committee therefore resolved that the first step in the right direction would be having knowledge to identify sub-standard auto parts from genuine ones.
By gaining this type of expertise, the enforcement team will be well equipped to discharge their responsibilities effectively.
During the last workshop in Abuja, papers were presented by representatives of the Vehicle Manufacturers, Auto Spare Parts Dealers and relevant regulatory agencies; who amongst other things exposed participants to identification techniques and skills required to differentiate between genuine and substandard spare parts.
Automotive Standards and the NADDC Automotive Test Centre
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. They are basically designed to protect the public from questionable designs (function-ability), products and practices. The purpose of developing and adhering to standards is to ensure optimum performance, meet safety requirements and to ensure conformity as well as interchangeability of products and services.
Automotive Motor Vehicles safety depends on parts satisfying quality specifications or standards. Safety critical parts of motor vehicles like brake, tires, wipers, head lights, signaling devices, wind shield etc. are the most important when it comes to preventing crashes. These parts are classified as safety items because their sudden failure in service may lead to road crash and hence their quality must conform to international standards at all times.
However, apart from these parts, there are other non-safety parts that must meet international standards as well.
The National Automotive Design and Development Council in collaboration with the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) have within the last seven years adopted/adapted about 130 International Automotive Standards for safety and other parts.
The following are additional efforts of the Council to enhance standards in the industry:
- Test Center: Almost 80% completion stage in the establishment of world class automotive test laboratories for emission, components and materials has been achieved. The laboratories would be commissioned at the end of the year.
- SON CAP for Imported Vehicles: At our request, the SON planned to start implementing SONCAP on imported vehicles by requiring that all used vehicles imported into Nigeria have a Roadworthiness Certificate from their country of origin.
- Product Quality:Vehicle assembly plants and local content manufacturers are being encouraged and assisted to produce good quality items and obtain ISO 9001 QMS Certification.
It must be mentioned that the importance of halting or minimizing sales and utilization of Substandard Auto Parts cannot be over emphasized, as this will greatly reduce Road Traffic Accidents on the Nigerian roads, thereby saving thousands of lives of motorists and other road users annually.
A Keynote Address by the (Former) Director General of National Automotive Design and Development Council, Engr. Aminu Jalal on the occasion of a Training Workshop on the Identification of Sub-standard Auto Spare Parts in Nigeria