Industry experts have underscored the importance of tackling the current influx of substandard Vehicle spare parts in the Nigerian automobile sector.
According to the experts, counterfeit components not only compromise vehicle safety but also erode consumer confidence in the authenticity of automotive products.
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria reports that 95 per cent of auto spare parts imported into the country do not meet the minimum acceptable standard.
The Chairman of Automedics Motor International, Yusuf Adah,revealed that the issue remained critical to the sector, blaming the influx of substandard vehicle spare parts on dealers and importers.
According to Adah, unscrupulous elements within the industry lack commitment to excellence and integrity, making it a herculean task to fight the problem head-on.
Adah stressed the importance of Original Equipment Manufacturers, noting that while they may be pricier, they prove their worth by standing the test of time.
He stated, “Car owners have several options to choose from. But it is very easy to differentiate between OEM and substandard spare parts.
“Fighting the menace remains a top priority even though it is almost looking as if it’s impossible to combat.”
Additionally, Adah decried the lack of customer satisfaction and the shortage of skilled talents in the automobile industry.
According to him, these challenges require collective efforts to address and improve the overall health of the Nigerian auto sector.
The Nigeria Customs Service, a key agency responsible for overseeing imports and exports, had stressed the need for collaboration among stakeholders to curb smuggling which had given rise to the influx of counterfeit automotive spare parts into the country.
In a document titled “Enhancing the Role of Nigeria Customs Service and Fostering Collaborative Efforts with Stakeholders to Prevent the Inflow of Substandard or Counterfeit Spare Parts,” the agency points out the formidable obstacles encountered in curbing smuggling.