It was another remarkable experience recently when NATA News; a publication on Nigerian Automotive Technicians and Allies took the next of its safety campaigns under the auspices of Automobiles And Road Safety Initiative to the Sunshine State of Ondo, in the western part of Nigeria; on Thursday 23rd May, 2019.
The campaign which had: “Fake Parts & Oils Do Lead To Accident; Loss Of Lives & Properties” as its theme drew many stakeholders from different quarters and the automotive sector of the Nigerian economy.
Among these were the top hierarchy of the Nigeria Police Force, the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Fire Service, the Vehicle Inspection Service and the different ranks and files and members of the Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association in the state.
The Distinguished Guest of Honour at the events, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the Ondo State Governor; ably represented by Comrade Hon. Alaba Isijola (the Special Adviser to the Governor on Union Matters) commended both the organisers and members of Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association, Ondo State Chapter for their decent conduct during the course of the seminar as he promised to present all the issues raised to the Governor, while promising a prompt response from His Excellency.
“This is a teaching ground and a reawakening process, and nobody should play with what you have done here,” he noted.
He continued: “What I have heard today would be narrated to the Governor as he advised that such a seminar should be made a regular affair.”
Earlier in his welcome address the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of NATA News (magazine), who is also the President of Automobiles And Road Safety Initiative, Samuel Oloyede Oriowo noted that: “Our message hasn’t change!”
According to him: “It’s the message of hope; through which we are urging the Nigerian Auto Repair/Maintenance Technicians to imbibe the spirit of best practices and standard ethical behaviour while practicing their noble trade; in order to give their customers exceptionally best jobs.”
He reminded participants that: “Mind you, the Project of Safety on the Nigerian Roads is the duty of everyone,” and as such “Auto Repair/Maintenance Technicians should all know that while practicing their profession, there are spiral negative effects on whatever isn’t fixed to vehicle manufacturers’ specifications.”
He called on “the numerous car owners as well as the commercial drivers who in most cases coarse repair/maintenance technicians to manage for them; for not having adequate financial resources to get their vehicles properly fixed” should “know that placing such improperly fixed vehicles on the roads is an urgent call to ugly incidents; the consequences of which can be of greater terrible nature.”
As expected duty of the government towards the various vehicle repair/maintenance technicians in Ondo State, the President of the NGO implored the government of Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to at least “establish more Mechanics Villages for the use of members of Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association in the Three Senatorial Districts of the state; if he can’t do so for all the big towns in the state; in order to free the environment of used oil pollution which can be of adverse effect on the health of the citizens.”
In his opening remarks as the Chairman of the events of the day, the Ondo State Commissioner of Police, CP Undie Adie who was ably represented by Deputy Commissioner of Police DCP Akinyede Joseph Olusola called on motor mechanics and members of NATA to learn and begin to do things right in carrying out their commercial duties and activities.
The police commissioner noted that if the members of NATA did all what they were expected to do right; there would be little or nothing to fear about police, noting that they would have made the work of police easier in saving lives and properties of the people.
“The Police cannot do it alone. Police is a friend to an obedient citizen, but an enemy to disobedient citizens. The relationship is symbiotic,” he explained.
In his own remark the Ondo State Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps, CC Rotimi Adeleye called on members of NATA to be obedient to the laws of the land as well as work harder to give their members proper and the best training possible to ensure that only the best and perfect vehicles are put on the road.
He said: “Without NATA; our work would not be very easy.”
He continued “Our mandate is to remove crashes from our roads and we must take care of poor vehicles on our road. But we urge NATA members to make our job easier by obeying the laws of the land.”
He further called on the vehicle repair/maintenance technicians’ body to create a computerised data base with code to detect members’ errors.
There were various paper presentations at the gathering; seminars; and discussions on the responsibilities of the members of NATA on how to ensure safety on Nigerians Roads.
In his presentation titled: “The Role of Vehicle Repair Technicians in the Prevention and Reduction of Accidents” DCC Olusegun Oguugbemide the Ondo Sector Command Head of Operations of Federal Road Safety Corps (ably represented by DRC AT Omosule) said vehicle repair technicians have a lot to do in prevention and reduction of accidents on Nigerian roads by ensuring that original spare parts are used in their repair works.
He urged the motor mechanics to encourage their customers to use the best of materials like tyres, engine oils before putting their vehicles on the roads.
In his own presentation Mr Segun Obayendo, the Managing Director of Ondo State Computerized Vehicle Inspection Center represented by Mr. Makinde Oluwatosin speaking on ‘Tyres: Safety Tips, Handling; Storage and General Rules’ noted that fifty percent of Vehicle Crashes are caused by tyres.
He exposed the participants to what makes a good tyre on the road as he urged them to always encourage their customers to use the best of tyres before they put their vehicle on the road.
In their usual supportive manner; the Management of 11 Plc (formerly Mobil Oil Nigeria) ably represented by Mr. Oluwaseun Oke also shared with the participants the qualities of good lubricants for product performance and why Mobil products should be their preferred choice.
A paper was also presented by the Director of Fire Service in Ondo State (Nigeria) as they taught the participants and members of NATA on how to reduce and combat fire incidents both in their workshops and on the roads.
Earlier in their own statements the chairman of Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association in Ondo State, Comrade Babatunde Sobande commended the organisers and all stakeholders that made the event a remarkable one as he took the advantage the gathering offered to respond to some of the issues raised.
According to him members should not be encouraged to repair vehicles on road-sides as it portends serious dangers to those who do it.
On data base, Comrade Sobande said that all their members have their identity cards and urged the security agencies to recognise them when performing their own duties especially when testing repaired vehicles.
As to the use of original against fake products and parts, the state chairman called on concerned authorities to ensure that only quality materials are available in the market place, and to the members of his association he urged them to encourage women and ladies to learn auto mechanical works in the state.
Before the programme was brought to an end; there were presentation of Awards of National as well as State Auto Safety Ambassadors to some Distinguished Grand Patrons and Patrons of Automobiles And Road Safety Initiative; while Guest Speakers and some Dignitaries were appreciated with Certificates.
The event was also used to appreciate the visioner, Mr Samuel Oloyede Oriowo on his birthday.
The programme had in audience Distinguished Stakeholders and officials of NATA from some other states of Nigeria including the National Vice President South West, Comrade Alhaji Adebayo Jimoh Kolawole, the Chairman and General Secretary of Ekiti State Chapter of NATA and the General Secretary of NATA in Plateau State.
Members of NATA left the place beaming with smiles as some of them left with different gifts and prizes from the Raffle Draws put together by the men of Automobiles And Road Safety Initiative.
Overviews of Road Safety Awareness Seminar & Usage of Genuine Engine Oil Advocacy for members of Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association, Ondo State Chapter on Thursday 23rd May, 2019
The NATA members in Akure were well coordinated and well behaved. Most members stayed till the end of the program. The Program was well organized!
By: Seun Oke
11 Plc (formerly Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc)
The Seminar fostered unity of purpose among members of NATA and the various Safety/Government Officials that attended the Program.
Various Guest Speakers called for strict adherence to good vehicle maintenance culture; as well as constant usage of standard materials/parts/engine oils to service customers’ cars and to ensure good uses of Roads in order to ensure Safety of both lives & properties.
Tips on how to combat outbreak of fire in either vehicle repair workshops and in vehicles were taught at the seminar among various impactful topics.
Participants were discouraged from using fake, sub-standard tyres, parts and engine oils. In this wise, Mobil Oil was widely recommended as the best oil to service vehicles in the country.
By: CFO Salami I.
Chief Fire Officer, Fire Service (Ondo State, Nigeria)
The Program was a wake-up call to all NATA members (in Nigeria) to ensure they adhere to Professional Ethics in their dealings with their customers and by extension promoting safety consciousness among their customers as a whole.
The Program was well organized.
The Roles of vehicle Repair Technicians in Prevention and Reduction of Accidents on Nigerian Roads was adequately explained and participants that comprised mainly members of Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association promised to ensure all collaboration efforts are sustained.
By: DRC AT Omosule
Ag. Sector Head of Operations
FRSC, Ondo Secctor Command
The Seminar was an educative one.
It has enabled NATA members to acquaint themselves standard work ethics among auto repair technicians to comply with Manufacturers’ Specifications.
Reduction of Road Accidents through compliance with Safety Standard’s Seminar and Workshop for Stakeholders in the Nigerian Automotive Sector should be a regular one and should also be launched in all the states of the federation.
The Organisers have done a good job and they should keep it up!
By: SP Mebude Muyiwa
Nigeria Police Force
Divisional Headquarters, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria
The need for protection of lives and properties has been the cog of every member of our society, hence this programme: “Fake Parts and Oils do leads to accidents; loss of lives and properties” is in the right direction.
I have carefully followed through all the presentations of the Guest Speakers and have observed the need to give kudos to the Organisers (Automobile And Road Safety Initiative) of the program.
The Program has no doubt educated the participants on the needs for honesty and advocates the slogan of doing the right thing in automobile repair business and I know from henceforth as the program goes through the states in Nigeria; safety will return to our roads and accidents will become a thing of the past.
DCC Hassan M. A.
NSCDC, Ondo State Command
This is a commendable program; taken to this level by commitment of the Organisers; Automobiles And Road Safety Initiative.
This program is already an eye opener to NATA members in Ondo State and as such should be replicated throughout Nigeria.
By: Comrdae Sobande Babatunde
Chairman, NATA, Ondo State Chapter