A Non Governmental Organization, the Automobiles And Road Safety Initiative (ARSI), has called on the Osun State Government to establish mechanic villages in major cities of the state.
Speaking at the investiture of Grand Patrons, Patrons and Awards of National as well as State Auto Safety Ambassadors for the Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association (NATA) in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, the President of the ARSI, Samuel Oloyede Oriowo, said growing volume of work for automobile technicians in the state require a conducive environment for repairs.
He said it has become necessary that the state government establish settlements that will allow convergence of different key technicians, who are relevant to carry out repair works on damaged vehicles.
Oriowo, who noted that there are ample benefits in the establishment of such mechanic villages for vehicle owners, transporters, technicians and the government, said road safety project is a business for everyone.
He said: “It has been established that non adherence by vehicle repair technicians to vehicle manufacturers’ specification and instruction while carrying out repairs on faulty vehicles had led to accidents for which drivers are blamed.
“The main objective of this gathering is to find means of nipping in such incidents in the bud, more so that most vehicles coming into Nigeria are designed with computer chips, requiring experts’ attention to fix its faults whenever it breaks down.
“So, we are calling on NATA members in Osun State to desist from using any engine oil to service vehicles for your customers. Sub standard engine oil does nothing better than damage the car engine.”
While commending the outgoing Governor Rauf Aregbesola for his “outstanding achievements in many sectors of the economy, Oriowo, who congratulated the governor-elect, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, challenged him to ensure that Osun will continue to be a model to states of the federation.
Other speakers at the event including the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye, the Zonal Head of Operations of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Zone 3 comprising Osun, Oyo and Ondo State, Mr. Gbenga Oke, Osun State Sector Commander of FRSC, CC Peter Oke, Mr. Michael Ogundipe, Director, Osun State Fire Service and the Osun State Chief Vehicle Inspection Officer, Mr. Fatai Ademola Ali, stressed the need for all key stakeholders in transport business to ensure safety at all times.