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Automotive Equipment: NAC Signs 11.6m Euros Contracts With Three Firms

Posted: May 15, 2015 at 12:59 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chibuzor Emejor – Abuja


National Automotive Council (NAC) has signed contractual agreements with three firms for the supply and installation of automotive testing laboratory equipment and tools worth 11.6m Euros (N2.44billion).

Laboratory testing  equipment

Laboratory testing equipment

Speaking at the signing ceremony on Thursday in Abuja, the Director General of NAC, Aminu Jalal, explained that the equipment and tools would be used in the gas emission testing laboratory in Lagos, component testing laboratory in Enugu as well as vehicle evaluation laboratory located in Zaria, Kaduna State.

Jalal said the laboratories were critical in the implementation of National Automotive Industrial Plan [NAIDP], as they were designated as centres of excellence in automotive engineering for learning and research.

He noted that the laboratories would also open the way for vehicle components and parts manufacturing in Nigeria, adding that they would ensure that vehicles conform to safety and environmental regulations.

He further stated that the test centres would assist in the testing of all safety components of vehicles such as brakes, windscreens, tyres, light, and seat-belts to ensure that vehicles conform to safety standards.

He also underscored the need for legislation on safety and emission of vehicles in order to protect the occupants of vehicles in Nigeria.

As part of the benefits of the laboratories, Jalal hinted that they would develop local content as well as ensured that vehicles manufactured in Nigeria conformed to safety standards.

Also speaking, the Chairman, Governing Board of NAC, Tunde Zedomi, told the contractors to strictly adhere to contractual agreements, warning that the management of NAC would not tolerate any breach.

He also assured the contractors supplying the equipment and tools to the testing that their money would be paid promptly in the course of their assignments.

The three companies that the contracts were awarded include Mustang Advanced Engineering, AVL Austria and Artec Testnology, Netherland.

Responding, one of the contractors, Gerolf Strolmeier, pledged on behalf of other contractors to work assiduously to deliver the equipment as well as conduct trainings for operators of the equipment.

“The time-line for the supply of the equipment is 36months”, he said.