OJO ISAAC writes that it was a colourful ceremony at the corporate headquarters of SeaHorse Motor Oil manufacturing plant located in Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra state when the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) presented MANCAP certificate to the group.
The SON team was led by Agboola Afolayan Samuel, Deputy Director, Standard Development who was assisted in his duty by the Anambra state coordinator of SON, Engr Mrs Olujie Nwaoma and other officials.
Speaking after he and his team were conducted round SeaHorse facilities, Mr Samuel said he was deeply impressed with what is on ground in the factory noting that the laboratory of Seahorse is one of the best in the country.
Mr Samuel however maintained that the test is a routine one and was not meant to witch-hunt the manufacturers, stressing that Seahorse has always been playing host to team of SON officials in Anambra state which he said is reflective on the company’s record.
He said that SON with its activities of maintaining standard has been promoting and encouraging local manufacturers so that they compete favourably with their foreign colleagues noting that no nation can prosper by relying so much on importation of the goods that can be manufactured locally.
The SON deputy director said SeaHorse actually got her certification last year December which according to him explains why some of their products were not having MANCAP seal.
He however reassured Nigerians and the international market after carrying out some test on some samples of products that the SeaHorse products are very good for their engines.
The Technical Manager of SeaHorse Motor Oil, Mr Gorah Stojanovic said the Chairman and CEO of SeaHorse actually bought a complete factory and brain from Istanbul, Turkey and shifted it to Anambra state.
Mr Stojanovic who said he was a worker in the Istanbul factory noted that the SeaHorse 20W50 is a mineral engine oil which is very good for all types of vehicles adding that quality gear oil is also manufactured by SeaHorse.
He expressed the optimism that SeaHorse would soon start manufacturing of half and full synthetic engine oil so as to key into the shift occasioned by changes in the type of engines being manufactured from 2014.
The Chairman and CEO of SeaHorse, Chief Ebuka Onunkwo who travelled to Cotonou in 1994 said he ventured into sales of spare parts in the foreign land which according to him goes with the sales of engine oil.
Chief Onunkwo recalled that he was an instant success in Cotonou because of his policy of honesty and transparency which according to him made him become an household name in his branch of business.
He gave a graphic description of how he became an importer of engine oil and later decided to set up a factory in his home state two years ago in line with the think home philosophy which according has offered employment to more than one hundred Nigerians.
The CEO of SeaHorse Motor Oil however said that the road to success has not been a very easy one as he has had to survive various studs placed on his path to frustrate a smooth take off of his outfit.
“I am known for quality home and abroad and I cannot at this stage of my life start cutting corners, our products here are of international standard and I can say with all sense of humility and responsibility that our products are favorably competing in the local and intentional market. We will not compromise on standard and quality of SeaHorse products. To God be the glory.” He explained.
The Chairman and CEO of Ekene Motors founded in 1953, Chief Eugene Ojukwu who was also on ground to witness the occasion said that transporters have decided to be using SeaHorse lubricants for their vehicles because of its unique International quality.
He pointed out that transporters can not afford to gamble with the engine oil they use for their vehicles because their continued stay in business is hinged on the type and quality of oil being used.
“Many of us, after coming in contact SeaHorse products have decided to stay with the manufacturers because the entrance of SeaHorse into the market is a dream come true for many of us who have had to pay through our nose because of poor quality engine oil.” He stated.
Chief Ojukwu however urged the manufacturers of SeaHorse Motor Oil to stay true to their dream of giving Nigeria and Nigerians top quality lubricant which according to him has become hot cake since it entered the market.
He however charged the federal government regulatory agencies to work hard to correct the wrong impressions that have been created that they are always out to frustrate any business concern own by Igbo