The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), on Wednesday commenced the training of its staffers and other stakeholders on vehicle inspection and compliance with standards.
The Director-General, SON, Mr Osita Aboloma, was represented by Mr Dauda Yakubu, Regional Coordinator, North West, at the training.
The two-day event holding in Sokoto, drew participants from the nineteen northern states.
They included personnel of the organisation, vehicle inspection officers, security agencies, Transport unions and other related stakeholders.
Speaking at the ceremony, its Director-General, said the training was to acquaint the participants with the minimum requirements for inspection and testing procedures.
” These include causes of rejection of motor vehicle, trailer and semi trailer in relation to their safe operations on the road.
” It also requires the regulatory authorities with mandate to conduct and administer a system of periodic road vehicle inspection and testing in compliance with standard.
” The participants should look at a way of enforcing the requisite sample vehicle inspection checklist, prior to vehicle clearance.
” This should be done at any point of entry to reduce dumping of all manner of vehicles in Nigeria,” Aboloma added.
In a message at the event, Sokoto State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ahmad Aliyu, lamented that the use of substandard spare parts lead to loss of lives, as a result of vehicle failures.
Aliyu, who also oversees the State Ministry of Works and Transport was represented by Mr Bello Sulaiman, Director, Mechanical/ Electrical Engineering Department of the ministry.
He said:” The dangers associated with the use of substandard spare parts are very glaring and enormous.
” There is therefore the need to enforce the standards to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians.”
The deputy governor further commended the organization for the training, averring that it would help in reversing the ugly trend.