The National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) has concluded plans to develop National Occupational Standards (NOS) for the conversion of fuel-powered cars from petrol to gas.
Director-general of the agency, Jelani Aliyu, disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja during a workshop on the safety and benefits of using gas-powered vehicles in Nigeria, organised by NADDC.
Aliyu explained that the essence of developing the NOS was to ensure that the skills to competently and safely convert vehicles are available in Nigeria.
“NOS specify the standards of performance an individual must achieve when carrying out a function in the workplace together with the underpinning knowledge and understanding needed to meet standards consistently.Essentially, NOS are bench marks for good practice,” he explained.
According to him, the NOS when developed, validated by industry practitioners and approved by the regulatory authorities, would be used to train auto technicians on the conversion, repairs and maintainance of gas-powered vehicles.
Aliyu noted that the continuous use of conventional fuel such as petrol and diesel in vehicles contribute to global warming and climate change and also pollute the environment, noting
that the gas-powered vehicles innovation not only brings environmental-friendly and safety advantages, but also cost benefits especially as it produces about 20 per cent less CO2 emission than petrol and diesel.
He, however, noted that despite its inherent benefits, the public is still sceptical, hence the awareness workshop aimed at allaying such fears.
He said the NADDC would not relent in its efforts to support the development of gas-powered vehicles in Nigeria through the formulation and the implementation of the automotive gas policy; skills development through mechatronic trainings; standardisation and monitoring of autogas conversion centres, and research, design and development of Nigerian-made gas-powered vehicles.