Lagos - The Lubricants Producers Association of Nigeria (LUPAN) on Wednesday advised the Federal Government to ban importation of lubricants.
The Chairman of the association, Daniel Chukwudozie, gave the advised in Lagos during a sensitisation forum with members.
Chukwudozie, who was represented by Livinus Ilozue, Managing Director, A-Z Petroleum Products Ltd., said the ban protect would protect local manufactures from unhealthy competition by foreign companies.
"Indigenous lubricant producers cannot close their eyes on number of fake lubricants products being brought into the country. Such products contribute negatively to Nigeria’s economy.
"The influx of imported sub-standard and adulterated finished lubricants into the country particularly from Dubai, Turkey etc, has been on the increase at what could best be termed an alarming rate.
"Laboratory analysis report of most of such imported lubes reveals non-compliance with specifications and standards.
"A good number of these lubricants are outright recycled oil, with little or no additives introduced into them,’’ he said.
Chukwudozie said such lubricants were imported with undervalued invoicing and sold at cheaper rates than the ones produced locally according to industrial best practices.
"Currently, there are over 60 brands of imported lubricants in the market. We are concerned at the rate at which these imported products are allowed into the country uncontrolled”, he said.
Chukwudozie urged the Federal Government to crack down on those behind the importation of fake and substandard lubricants.
"People are deceived because of the packaging them without knowing the real quality of the products inside the package.
"Such lubricants have been ruining the economy, knocking engines and grounding machines. The people are not having values of their money," he said.