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NADDC drives measures to push quality of vehicle, parts

National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) has started partnership with relevant stakeholders to ensure that motor vehicles and spare parts, both imported and locally produced, meet the required international quality and safety standards.

Stakeholders committee in the agency has commenced series of training workshops across the country where participants are educated on how to differentiate between genuine and substandard spare parts with the aim of halting the availability of the latter, and reducing road traffic accidents.

Recently, NADDC held a training workshop in Kano where speakers from various organisations, addressed over 300 participants. The speakers came from the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Accident Prevention and Rescue Initiative (APRI), Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Toyota Nigeria Limited, KIA Nigeria Limited, and Amalgamated Motor Spare Parts Dealers Association.

Also represented were the Nigeria Customs Services (NCS), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS), Robert Bosch Nigeria Limited and NADDC.

Explaining more on why NADDC was embarking on the scheme, the Director –General of NADDC, Aminu Jalal, represented by his Technical Adviser, Engr. Abubakar Dalhat, said “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.”