National Automotive Council, NAC yesterday in Abuja signed Euro11.6million (N2.44billion) contract for the procurement, installation and training on equipment and tools for automotive testing laboratories in the country.
The equipment, according to the Director General of the Councicl, Engr. Aminu Jalal, are tools for the emission testing laboratory in Lagos, component testing laboratory in Enugu and materials and vehicle evaluation laboratory in Zaria, respectively.
Jalal, who spoke during the signing ceremony at the Council’s headquarters in Abuja, informed that the contract signing follows the approval for the award of contract by the Federal Executive Council, FEC at its March meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan.
“The contract will be funded from the automotive levy on imported vehicles in the country from where the council has funded all its capital projects.
“Over 35 companies have obtained soft loan of about N13billion in the last 10 years as an interest rate of 7.5 percent with a duration is up to five years from the automotive fund”, he stressed.
The director general explained further, “Anyone who has experience with vehicle knows they can be very dangerous and that is why countries legislate on safety and emissions. The safety of the occupant and third party is very important”.
“Essentially these test centres will test all the safety components of the vehicles like the windscreen, the tyres, the seat belt, the light and so on to ensure conformity with safety standard”, he added.
Jalal disclosed that there are over 2, 000 parts in a car but countries legislate only about 120 safety component parts and Nigeria has already adopted over 100 of these safety standards
“We don’t have a place to test, it also implies that we do not have any standard. So, this will help us develop local content while universities and polytechnics can also use these centers for the research and design testing”, he said.

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