FG launches SONCAP to check substandard vehicles

Determined to ensure standard in the au­tomotive industry, the Federal Government has launched the Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Programme, SONCAP for automobile used vehicles.

Director General of the Standards Organisation of Ni­geria, SON, Dr Joseph Odu­modu and chief executives of three accredited companies that would implement the programme signed an agree­ment at a ceremony witnessed by the Director General of the National Automotive Council, NAC, Engineer Aminu Jalal.

The companies are Quality Assurance Projects Limited; Medtech Scientific Limited, and Cotecna Destination In­spection Limited.

Speaking at the event which took place at the SON head­quarters in Abuja, Odumodu noted that “out of the over 2, 000 parts that make up a typi­cal car, government mandate covers only about 120 safety and environmental standards”.

This, he said calls for the need to institute a regime that would ensure the effectively enforcement of these stan­dards and monitor their com­pliance.

Odumodu informed that “part of the expectation of au­tomotive policy requires that we begin to aggressively mon­itor the importation of new vehicles into the country and create a regime which would ensure that they conform to the applicable Nigerian stan­dard”.

He added that as part of the SONCAP regime, a separate pre-shipment verification of conformity to standard on used vehicles be implemented by the organisation, stressing that “this is being premised on the fact that the pre-shipment to conformity be done against NIS127 and NCP018”.

Odumodu explained that the government in its efforts to grow the automotive industry made it a key component of the Nigeria Industrial Revolu­tion Plan (NIRP), which is a programme, aimed at diversif­ing the nation’s economy and revenues through industry.

The SON boss added that the programme, designed by the Federal Ministry of Indus­try, Trade and Investment was also meant to increase manu­facturing’s contribution to the gross domestic product, GDP from the present four percent to six per cent by 2015, and above 10 per cent by 2017.

Source : SunOnline

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