Members of the Ekiti State Chapter of Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association (NATA) have been told to prepare and move themselves up the ladder of technological development; if they want to remain and last long in their duty posts as auto technicians to reckon with.
This advice was offered by the Ekiti State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Corps Commander F. O. Alegbe in her opening remarks at the recently concluded NATA News Road Safety Awareness Seminar & Usage of Genuine Engine Oil Advocacy in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital on Thursday 13th February, 2020.
The Sector Commander represented by Deputy Corps Commander Abimbola Aderonke Owolabi urged auto technicians to get the required technical education to meet the challenging needs of the moment as technology has moved from analogue to digital level.
For any technician to worth such a title, he/she must be prepared to keep him/herself with the latest developments in the auto world; use updated equipment and technology to meet the needs of their customers; and by doing this, they would not only do the works as expected, but they would be able to guide their customers aright.
The Sector Commander also called on the audience comprising all units of auto technicians in the state including motor mechanics, vulcanizers, electrical technicians and all that have to do with auto technology in the state, to note and put into consideration while fixing faults on vehicles all factors which she described as environmental, mechanical and human and if they were able to note all these; crashes would be taken to its barest minimum in the state.
She commended the organizers: Automobiles And Road Safety Initiative for putting up such a well attended seminar, promising that Federal Road Safety Commission would continue to support such project as according to here, “We all have our roles to play in avoiding crashes on our roads.”
In the same vein, the Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, CP Asuquo Amber represented by SP Mulikatu Rabiu called on all road users in the state to keep to the rules of safety on the roads.
The Police Officer urged the auto technicians to live above board, be trust worthy and avoid all criminal tendencies as he also promised adequate protection for obedient road users and law abiding NATA members in the state.
Also in another presentation, the Head of Operations, Federal Road Safety Corps, Ekiti State Sector command, Deputy Corps Commander Victor O. Ifabiyi speaking on “Responsibilities of Auto Technicians as Road Safety Officials” called on auto technicians to be patient enough to fully complete their training programmes and be certificated.
He noted that technicians with inadequate knowledge and training are dangers to good motor repairs and crashes on the roads.
He therefore urged all technicians’ association leaders to see to the thorough learning and training of their wards and trainees, saying by this, public education in auto technique would be enhanced and more ideas would be learnt about motor vehicle parts and new challenges.
At the one-day seminar, there was another presentation by Engr. M. O. Ayegbusi, Director, Ekiti State Vehicle Inspection Service on “Attitudinal Change Towards Effective Vehicle Repair/Maintenance by Drivers, Owners and the Technicians” during which he called on auto technicians to guide their customers in the use of original vehicle parts and tools to ensure safety of vehicles on the roads.
According to him, “Auto technicians know more about quality vehicle parts and therefore they should guide their customers to use quality spare parts so that the vehicles on the roads would be stronger and better to serve vehicle owners on the roads.”
Mr. Samuel Omoniyi, Director, Ekiti State Fire Service speaking on: “Fire: A Friend or an Enemy” and “How to Combat its Breakout in Vehicles and Auto Repair Workshops” told the hundreds of technicians at the gathering to watch out what could easily lead to fire outbreak in workshops and different measures and control to stop it.
He was ably represented at the event by his Principal Fire Superintendent II, Mr. Adeleye Sunday (PFS II) from Fire Protection & Prevention Section of the Ekiti State Fire Service
Mr. Seun Oke, representative of 11 Plc (formerly Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc) sole sponsors of the Seminar was also at the event to lend the hand of support to the foremost lubricant company as he spoke on “Mobil Lubricants’ Strict Quality Control, Product Performance and why Mobil Lubricants are the Preferred Choice amongst Nigerian Consumers”
The Seminar which had Responsibilities of Auto Technicians as Road Safety Officials as theme was held on Thursday 13th February, 2020 at the prestigious Afe Babalola Civic Foundation Events Center, Iworoko Road, Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
The Programme had in attendance Prince Ganiyu Lawal, representative of Kano based Ammasco International Oil, who came with goodwill messages for the organizers, Comrade Adebayo Jimoh Kolawole (NATA National Vice President for South-West Zone), Comrade Olusegun Olusoji (Chairman, NATA Ekiti State Chapter), ACC Bengodman Nwokafor (Head of Crisis Management, NSCDC, Ekiti State Command) who represented his Commandant and Comrade Olasehinde Olubodun (NATA South-West PRO) and all NATA Ekiti State Chapter State/LGA/Unit officials.
One of the highlights of the Seminar was the formal investiture of Comrade Olusegun Olusoji, NATA Chairman, Ekiti State Chapter as the newest Patron of Automobiles And Road Safety Initiative and also presentation of Award of State Auto Safety Ambassador to him, while some of the Dignitaries and Guest Speakers at the event were adequately Recongnised with Appreciation Certificates.
Corporate Social Responsibility Appreciation Certificate was also presented to the Seminar Sole Sponsors, 11 Plc (formerly Mobil Oil Nigeria) by the organizers and it was received on behalf of the company’s Management by Mr. Seun Oke, Distributor Business Manager.
- Story By: Julius O. Adegunna