Contrary to rumours making the round over circulation of sub-standard automobile spare parts in Nigeria markets, the Ikoku spare parts dealers in Port Harcourt have distanced themselves from such speculations, saying that they deal on genuine spare parts.
The Tide correspondent who spoke with some traders yesterday gathered that usage of such parts, inexperienced mechanics and of course bad roads could cause ineffectiveness of the parts, thereby regarding them as fake.
Mr. Anthony Okoli, an auto Battery seller said they bought most of their parts from Lagos, Onitsha, Nnewi, and Aba from importers, and such goods were certified by the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) before they were allowed into the country. The issue of fake spare parts does not exist in Port Harcourt as some buyers preferred Japanese, Malaysia, Korea or China products which depended on the cost and quality.
A Toyata spare parts dealer, Mr. Chiem Emeka in his own contribution said “who can identify fake or sub-standard spare parts? There is nothing like fake parts but the difference is the country that produced it as some prefer China products to Japan”.
According to him, some inexperienced auto mechanics fixed such parts wrongly, which could cause its early damage. Even the condition of roads and usage is another factor. So the truth of the matter is that here in Ikoku, we don’t sell fake auto spare arts, but some mechanics after collecting a huge sum of money from their clients, don’t change such parts but recycled it and fixed it back”.
Also speaking, an importer, Chief Morgan Obi have this to say, “we have agencies like Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and others at the ports that before goods are cleared confirmed that the are up to standard and approved them before they were allowed into the country. At the ports, if they found any sub-standard good, such would be seized like tyres, drugs and even spare parts. Here in Port Harcourt, we import and sell genuine spare parts through Onne Ports. I and some few importers here does not deal on fake parts, but rather if any complain, it could be caused by bad road network”.
Chief Obi used the forum to commend the developmental efforts of Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaeci, especially the quality road constructions at Oginigba, Elekahia, Old Aba Road, Airforce Road among others, and that with such good road network, auto parts would last longer.
Mr. Kenneth Okoye, in his own remarks said “every market have its standard, and we at Ikoku, sells quality parts, depending on the type and standard of choice”. He further said that they don’t compromise their customer’s interest, but advised such customers not to patronise touts or hawkers whom they could not trust.