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Friday, 6 February 2015

Fake Auto Parts Affecting Nigeria's Automotive Industry Growth

Auto experts have decried the influx of fake and
substandard spare parts in the country, which
they say is adversely affecting the growth of the
industry.
They stated that fake spare parts had been largely
responsible for the high rate of auto crashes in
the country with their attendant human and
material losses.
The experts including the Technical Adviser,
Imperial Autoclinic Limited, Mr. Osisanya Lanre;
the Kwara State Chairman, Nigerian Automobile
Technicians Association, Alhaji Ayo Sekoni; and
the Quality Controller, Lubcon Limited, Mr. Olufemi
Omokare, also said this was contributing to
frequent breakdown of automobiles, thus exposing
motorists to danger.
They therefore called on the Federal Government
to urgently arrest the situation.
They spoke during a training session for auto-
technicians in Ilorin on Tuesday. The training was
organised by Lubcon Limited.
Lanre who noted that the profession was lucrative
and noble also appealed to the government to
include automobile training in the school
curriculum and make automobile training
mandatory for all engineers.
He also advised mechanics to upgrade their skills
and knowledge for them to continue to be
relevant.
He said, “We need to have more training.
Mechanics have to upgrade themselves, and learn
how to use modern tools. We are in 2015, more
modern cars are being manufactured. There is no
way a mechanic can cope without upgrading
himself and take advantage of the technological
advances now in place.
“The Federal Government should include in the
curriculum of schools automobile training. We
should also check the influx of sub-standard
spare parts in the country. Sub-standard products
have negatively affected the automobile industry.
That is one of the problems we have in our
profession. We can have original parts. The
government should also make car purchases easy
and cheap for the people to buy because if cars
are cheap, more people will buy and there will be
more work for us.”

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