The National President of Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association (NATA), Comrade Magaji Muhammad Sani has advised motorists to consult the right technicians for the repair of their vehicles, noting that research has shown that 75 per cent of road accidents and break-downs are caused by wrong diagnosis on vehicles.
Sani stated this at the Grand Finale of the Association’s Week-long ceremony in Lagos.
He highlighted the importance of proper and adequate vehicle maintenance in a depressed economy like Nigeria where funds for vehicle replacement are limited.
Acording to him, it has generally been established that people will want to maintain and take care of their vehicles more in a relatively declining or depressed economy where funds for vehicle replacement are limited.
He also said NATA had become customer-centric and would continue “to manage your vehicle for you at a considerably affordable cost.”
He stated that the Association’s survival through the harsh business environment in the country could be attributed to God and its customers, adding that it was only logical that they should express gratitude to the customers in the best way possible.
The NATA boss, however, charge its members to be proactive in it duties, even as he revealed that the association is working hand-in-hand with FRSC to ensure safety on the roads.
On his part, the Lagos State Chairman of NATA, Comrade Asiwaju Jacob Omonide Fayeun said the association is partnering with Mobil Oil and other companies to provide Engine Oils that will help sustain the vehicle engines among other devices in the vehicle.
He advised motorists to buy gas at reputable service stations, even as he urged them to ask whether the gas they buy is filtered at the pump and if the station has a policy about changing the pump filters regularly.
He added that motorists should avoid heavy loads on the drive train, such as towing trailers and loading the roof rack or trunk with heavy construction materials.
“Use only light to medium acceleration; keeping the engine rpms below 3,000 for the first few hours of driving.”
“Do not allow your new car to idle for long periods. This is good advice for the life of your car, but especially during break-in. The oil pressure generated by doing so may not be sending oil to every part of your engine,” Fayeun said.
Also, Chairman NATA Ondo State Chapter, Comrade Shobande Babatunde thanked the FRSC for its support towards the work.
He said the technicians are the managers of every country. He appealed to his members to maintain peace and unity among themselves and customers.
Comrade Musa Yahaya, National General Secretary of NATA, advised motorists to desist from speeding, night driving and overloading, wrongful overtaking among others that could threaten the safety of people and property on the highways.
According to him, speeding, night driving, and other unwholesome behaviors drivers exhibit on the highways remain the major causes of road crashes, hence the need for all road users to obey traffic rules and regulations.
He stressed the need for drivers to desist from driving under the influence of alcohol, and warned that anyone caught by his men would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
The General Secretary called for more collaboration and support from motorists and indeed the public to enable NATA achieves its mandate.
Consultant to NATA, Mr. Dayo Bello called on the Federal Government to partner the association.
He also urged motorists to patronize good technicians. Bello said an App will be launched to identify good technicians by next year.
• Reports By: David Opeyemi Shodunke