Nigerians Deserve Quality Lubricants for their Cars
Story by Gladys Johnson
“It is imperative for Nigerians to be aware of the quality of Lubricants that are used in their cars and machinery”. This was the underlying factor discussed by Engr Kayode Sote, principal partner, Lubeservices Associates at the press conference flagging off the 2nd Nigerian Lubricants Summit 2015 held recently in Lagos.
Engr. Sote, who is the technical consultant to the Nigerian Lubricants Summit, explained the need to draw attention to the nation’s lubricant quality and the challenges the industry has witnessed. He mentioned that a vast number of Nigerians usually use improper roadside lubricants that do not go through testing, which sometimes affects their equipment or vehicles.
Speaking on the summit, he explained that this is the second edition of the Nigerian Lubricants Summit, and it is an avenue to inform and educate stakeholders on the quality of Lubricants in the Nigerian market and to promote the marketing potential of lubes manufactured locally.
“The imperatives of the technical and commercial challenges of the Nigerian lubricants market informed the need to organize this year’s Conference and Exhibition on lubricants quality, its sustainability, compliance and enforcement in line with the research and development in base oils, additive technology and techno – economic dynamics of engine designs in general.
Also speaking at the press conference, the Managing Director, Lubcon Limited, Mr Taiye Williams stated the need to sanitize the Nigerian lubricant sector for growth in the Oil and Gas industry. “For us at Lubcon, we have invested a lot on testing lubricants in laboratories to ensure that the quality we are preaching is what Nigerians get,” he said.
He revealed that the summit has been endorsed by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR). It is a 3-Day event, which includes an International conference, Exhibition and Stakeholder’s Dinner.
“It is expected to have key players outside the country and in the Nigerian Lubricants Industry including participants from the Standards Organization of Nigeria, Department of Petroleum Resources, Major Oil Manufacturers’ Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), Lubricants Producers Association of Nigeria (LUPAN), Independent Petroleum Marketers’ Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Members of the Press and more,” Williams noted.
Also present at the press conference was the Managing Director of CMC Connect Burson-Marsteller, Communication Consultant to the summit, Mr Yomi Badejo-Okunsanya who explained that the summit, at its maiden edition last year, expertly examined the issues of Market Opportunities and Challenges. This year, the discussion, he said, has been heightened to include a more robust topic, themed: Quality Lubricants: Key to Techno Economic and Industrial Development of Nigeria.
Expatiating on the theme, Okunsanya said it is important for stakeholders to focus on the Lubricant Industry and to promote the potentials in the downstream sector in the nation’s Oil and Gas industry coupled with the need to enhance local content in the Petroleum Sector.
The 2nd Nigerian Lubricants Summit is scheduled to hold from November 24 to November 26, 2015 at the External Ball Room of Federal Palace Hotel Lagos. It will be streamed live to global audience.
The summit objectives include but not limited to promoting the marketing potential of lubes manufactured locally in order to confirm the fact they are equipment lubrication – complaint. And also expose their technical competence as premium grades that meet and in some cases exceed the performance level and optimal drain intervals as recommended by the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), international standard organization (ISO), technical associations, professional bodies like SAE, IP, ASTM, NLGI ..etc.
To exhibit and showcase the diversed lube range and also confirm the fact that the total installed capacities of the lube plants in Nigeria currently operating at about 40% can meet the local consumption and with the potential to export market to earn foreign exchange for the country.