The Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA) in partnership with Auto Parts Flanders Group (APF) a Belgian based Company dealing in Auto-Mobil spares and lubricants on Friday January 29, 2021 exhibited its first product and facilities to members of the Press at the Authority’s headquarters Kissy Road Freetown.
The objective of the partnership which was pioneered by the Executive Director of the SLRSA Mr. Ibrahim Sannoh was to address some of the key challenges facing the road transport sector.
The Executive Director disclosed that soon after his appointment by his Excellency the President Brigadier Retired, Julius Maada Bio he decided to identify strategic partners to work with to address the long standing issues of poor quality spare parts, lubricants, and the lack of training facilities for auto-mobil mechanics. He added that the passion to address these challenges led him to enter into partnership with APF.
Giving an overview of the Auto Parts Flanders Group (APF) during a conducted tour of facilities, the Chief Executive Officer JURGEN SONCK disclosed that, APF is a global company with headquarters in Belgium and operating in the UK, France, and Sierra Leone among many other countries in the world. Jürgen Sonck intimated that, the APF group had been operating in the country since 2012 and that the company’s aims and objectives were in line with the SLRSA. He said APF group had been operating in Sierra Leone providing quality auto-mobil spares and servicing of all types of vehicles. He expressed optimism that the partnership with the SLRSA would see an improvement in the supply of Quality Spare Parts, lubricants, Batteries, Tyres, Spraying of Vehicles and an ultra-modern technical school where auto-mobil mechanics could be trained on modern techniques in servicing vehicles. The APF CEO went on to state that, they have modern equipment’s that can address any vehicle defects and that all vehicle spares brought into the country are in accordance with the make and type of the vehicles and chassis numbers
supplied by the SLRSA to APF; one unique feature of the APF/SLRSA operations is that all of the spares are directly bought from the manufacturers in Europe, Asia and America. With these quality spares all road traffic crashes relating to defective tyres, sub-standard lubricants would now be a thing of the past. The agreement when fully implemented would saturate the road transport sector with highly technical auto-mobil mechanics. The Executive Director of the SLRSA, Mr. Ibrahim Sannoh encouraged the fourth estate to market the ultra-modern facilities so that vehicle owners would make use of it. He further added that, APF had spent huge sums of money to refurbish structures which were constructed during the colonial era as part of the agreement and had also secured two partnerships with auto-mobil schools in Belgium for programmes where students from the technical school would go for exchange programmes.