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FG bars parking of trucks along Lagos-Ibadan road



Trucks parked along Lagos-Ibadan expressway henceforth may be impounded and drivers/owners sanctioned.

This indication emerged on Saturday as the Federal Government ordered drivers of trucks and trailers parked on the expressway currently undergoing reconstruction to move the vehicles out of the area immediately.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, gave the order at the stakeholders’ town hall meeting held at the Ogere end of the highway.

The minister, who was accompanied by the Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, said the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway was constructed in 1974 and completed in 1978 to promote North-South commercial activities.

Fashola while reacting to the activities of truck and trailer drivers on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway told the officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps to enforce traffic compliance on the federal highways.

He said pouring of used petroleum products was capable of destroying the roads.

He also said the activities of the trucks and trailers drivers were the major cause the delay in the completion of work on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Fashola said, “The point is that trucking and trailer operation is business. If you want to run fleets, then you must plan parking. If the government helps you, the government does so out of compassion but you cannot run your business at the expense of the convenience and the livelihood of millions of people.

“So, money that has been hard to find and the road that has been difficult to build, you have already started pouring diesel on it. That is the beginning of the destruction of the road and my appeal to you is to immediately leave the road today.

“Parking on the highway is a violation of the Federal Highway Act which you (FRSC) have a duty to enforce. So, work with the stakeholders, truck owners, the ‘Kabiyesi’ (monarchs) and state government, let us find an immediate way to resolve this problem so that contractors can complete their job and respond to those that say it’s taking too much time.

“This is part of the delay and it’s not just to build the road but also to ensure that the road is properly used and not abused.

“Pouring diesel on the road, changing oil (engine oil) on the road is an abuse of the road. It must stop in the interest of the truckers themselves because without roads, you have no business. Let’s just understand.”


ASPAMDA, SON forge partnership against fake auto parts distribution 



ASPAMDA, SON forge partnership against fake auto parts distribution 

President of Auto Spare Parts and Machinery Dealers Association (ASPAMDA), Trade Fair complex, Lagos, Lagos, Hon. Ngozi Emechebe, has said the association does not condone the distribution of fake parts in the country.

This, according to him, is why ASPAMDA collaborates with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria to rid the market of fake auto spare parts.

He made the remarks at the opening ceremony of a three-day 2024 West Africa Automotive Show (WAAS), held recently in Lagos.

Emechebe, who spoke on the topic ‘The Challenge of Substandard Parts in the Market’, said, “At the ASPAMDA market in Lagos, we do not tolerate the distribution of fake parts as our members are well informed and enlightened to avoid dealings in fake parts.

“To tell you how serious we are against the distribution of fake parts within our market, we have partnered with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) who facilitate periodic seminars against fake parts.

“We have also provided a permanent office for SON inside our market, where full time SON personnel are stationed, working with us in this regard.

“Let me seize this opportunity to commend SON for its relentless fight against fake parts in Nigeria.

“I also want to call on other auto parts markets in Nigeria to emulate the example of ASPAMDA in its partnership with SON.

“However, I call on the Federal Government to boost the capacity of SON so that it can expand its operations in fighting this scourge in Nigeria.

“The fight against production and selling of fake auto spare parts must be seen as a collective responsibility. All stakeholders must therefore collaborate to expose those engaged in the criminal act and severely punish the criminals”.

Expressing delight at the choice of the topic, he said, “The choice of the topic for this year is apt. The issue is very important because the challenges posed by fake parts not only affect the industry, but the economy in general, and wellbeing of the country.

“The issue of fake parts is one that I am very concerned about, because it has been discussed in many other conferences before now and it is still a relevant topic even after so many years of discussion.

“Fake auto parts are counterfeit or unauthorised reproduction of parts made to look like genuine parts, but often with inferior quality.

“Fake parts may cost significantly less than the genuine parts, but they are often unreliable and potentially dangerous.”

Recalling that the issue has been around for a very long time, the ASPAMDA president said, “In Nigeria, the issue of fakery is not new as there is hardly any industry or sector that is not challenged by the faking of original products.

“However, in the auto sector, the use of fake parts has led to many Road Traffic Crashes on our highways resulting in injuries and deaths; and economic wastage as unsuspecting patrons of fake parts are forced to spend more on the long run.

“Experts have also estimated that Nigeria loses about N100 billion annually as a result of road crashes, many of which are caused by the use of fake parts on automobiles.

“The issue has also contributed significantly in stunting the genuine growth of the auto industry in Nigeria”.

He spoke on the benefit of genuine parts. Emechebe said, “The use of genuine auto parts comes with a lot of benefits such as safety which should be a top priority for any vehicle owner.

“Investing in high-quality automobile spare parts ensures your vehicle is safe and reliable; and it also ensures guaranteed warranty protection.

“Other benefits associated with the use of genuine parts include lowering total cost, ensuring quality and reliability.

“A non-genuine spare can offer a lower “up front” cost. This may provide a short-term gain, but it takes no account of the total cost.”

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Chery lights up Lagos Motor Fair with Tiggo 8 Pro launch



From Left: Managing Director, Carloha Nigeria, Mr. Sola Adigun; Traditional Ruler of the Day, The Isa Omu, Adekunle Oyinloye; Dr. Edward Benson; Chief Executive Officer of Carloha Nigeria, Mr. Liang Long; and Sales and Marketing Director, Carloha Nigeria, Mr. Joseph Omokhapue,

Chery lights up Lagos Motor Fair with Tiggo 8 Pro launch

Chery’s launch of its luxury model Tiggo 8 Pro at the 18th Lagos Motor Fair literally lit up the entire arena of the exhibition.

The unveiling last Wednesday at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, along with display of other sleek cars from the automaker, added colour to this year’s auto fair that attracted international participants.

Indeed, the automotive industry witnessed a significant milestone with the grand launch of the Chery Tiggo 8 Pro.

The unveiling was graced by high-calibre personalities from various sectors of the economy, along with esteemed traditional rulers, marking a momentous occasion for the brand.

The Federal Palace Hotel provided a fitting backdrop for the Chery Tiggo 8 Pro launch, showcasing the vehicle’s sophisticated design and advanced features.

Guests at the event were treated to an exclusive first look at the SUV, which boasts a blend of luxury, performance, and cutting-edge technology.

The unveiling was graced by  top executives, industry leaders, government officials and notable figures from the business community.

Among the dignitaries are Dr. Okey Nwuke, member Board of Directors, at Access Bank; Dr. Edward Benson, Mr. Ruso Ascanio, MD Grimaldi; Dr. Adeyemi Fawole, Managing Director, Avis Nigeria Limited; Mr. Wale Fasere, MD/CEO, Fastride; Mr. Mike Ochonma, Chairman of Nigerian Automotive Journalists Association (NAJA), motoring editors across major newspapers, magazines and blogs, executive members of MTN Employee Multi-purpose Cooperative Society (MEMCOS); executive members of Exxonmobil Cooperative Society (EMCOOP), partners, other stakeholders, friends and families.

Their presence underscored the importance of the Chery Tiggo 8 Pro’s entry into the Nigerian market and the potential impact on the automotive landscape.

Also, the presence of the traditional ruler, Esa Omu, Adekunle Oyinloye, added a touch of cultural significance, prestige and recognition of Chery’s commitment to integrating with the local culture and community.

The launch event featured a series of engaging activities, including a detailed presentation on the Chery Tiggo 8 Pro’s innovative features, a live demonstration of its capabilities, and opportunities for attendees to experience the vehicle firsthand.

The launch was rounded off with a networking reception, allowing guests to discuss the implications of this new introduction and explore potential collaborations.

“We are thrilled to introduce the Chery Tiggo 8 Pro to the Nigerian market,” said Mr. Sola Adigun, the Managing Director of Carloha Nigeria.

He further stated during his keynote address, “We are not just selling cars, but we are selling automobile solutions.

“We decided to go for Chery for a few reasons: Chery is the number one domestic vehicle in China, and it is present in about 80 countries of the world.

“Last year, over one million Chery was exported out of China, with about 13 million users worldwide. That is why Carloha settled for Chery. And this launch marks the rebirth of Chery in Nigeria.”

Chery Tiggo 8 Pro launch marked a significant step forward in Chery’s expansion strategy within Africa, with a promise to bring unparalleled driving experiences to Nigerian consumers.

The event’s success is a testament to the brand’s growing influence and the strong relationships Chery is building within the region.

The unveiling of Tiggo 8 Pro was done by Dr. Okey Nwuke, The Isa Omu, in the company of other dignitaries.

A PowerPoint presentation of Tiggo 8 Pro was executed by Mr. Yinka Oladipo, the National Sales Manager of Chery in Nigeria. Grace Olugbade, the longest Chery user, who has driven Chery vehicle for over 10 years in Nigeria, spoke on the resilience of the brand; a thrilling session with James, a Nigerian born-Chinese Comedian, also known as ‘Qian Duoduo’n and a energetic dance session by Star kids, all prepped up the launch event.

Many were captivated by the Carloha’s offer to customers of paying N5m within June 2024 to enjoy five per cent discount on any purchased Chery vehicles.

“Also, all Chery vehicles come with six years free service and 6 years warranty or 200,000 kilometres, whichever comes first.

“Carloha also offers adequate after-sales service on all Chery vehicles in its dealership,” the firm said.


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Nigeria controls auto part business in W’Africa, says BKG at Lagos Auto Fair



Nigeria controls auto part business in W’Africa, says BKG at Lagos Auto Fair


As the ongoing Lagos Motor Fair bubbles, Managing Director of BKG Exhibition Limited, Mr Ifeanyi Agwu, says Nigerians are in firm control of automobile spare parts business in West Africa.

He spoke on Wednesday at a four-day Lagos Motor Fair holding in Victoria Island, where Nigeria-based and foreign automakers, motorcycle and component manufacturers from Asian countries, among others, are displaying their products.

Agwu said, “Nigerians are controlling auto part business in West Africa. It’s Nigerians you will see mostly engaged in the auto spare part business in countries in this region.

“That is why you see makers of auto components from Asian countries including China flooding the Lagos Motor Fair. They see a big market here.”

The BKG boss said the auto fair had brought big business for Lagos and Nigeria.

He said, “Foreign exhibitors have taken over most of the hotels on the Lagos Island where the Lagos Motor Fair is taking place.

“This is just one of the business activities the fair is offering Nigerians outside the auto industry.

“You can partner with them to produce auto parts here; you can also be their agents in specific components in Nigeria.”

He also spoke on the importance of auto sector towards the development of the economy.

“Business is generally slow in Nigeria but people have not abandoned their cars. What is sustaining the industry is after-sale support through quality spare parts.”

He described Nigeria as important country in Africa to foreign investors especially the auto industry.

“Our target is to have major visitors across the globe coming to Nigeria for the auto show,” he stated.

Agwu also spoke on the compressed natural gas-powered automobiles being propagated by the Federal Government. According to him, the initiative is cost-effective and friendly to the environment.

“The CNG initiative is one of the best policies by this government. But government alone cannot promote it. It’s private sector events like this (auto fair) that can help.

“The CNG makes the engine run well. People are losing so much by not embracing the CNG yet,” he said.

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