The Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, has disclosed that it had confiscated N400 million worth of substandard tyre ready to be destroyed as part of efforts to save the nation’s economy and citizens’ well-being.
The Director-General, SON, Mr. Osita Abolomo, who made this disclosure in Abuja, added that the tyres were mopped up from different enforcement operations carried out by his men across the country over the last few months.
He said the destruction was not punitive in any way, but to safeguard lives and properties of innocent Nigerians should such tyres be in circulation.
According to him, the measure had become imperative, as a deterrent to others in the habit of dealing in substandard products, as such products whenever confiscated would be destroyed.
He bemoaned the negative impact of substandard products in the country saying that in spite of their threat to lives, they also damage genuine products, exacerbate unemployment and also contribute to crime.
“We will continue to take necessary steps towards cleaning up our economy and our country of substandard products so that Nigerians would have the benefit of enjoying quality and safe products. It is also of creating space for Nigerian-made products to sell, because right now, many quality local products are being choked by cheap, imported but substandard ones.”
Speaking against the background of substandard tyres, the SON boss also enjoined motorists to take additional precautions as they convey passengers to and fro their different destinations in the yuletide.
He said such precautions should begin with a thorough check on the state of the tyre including whether it is running on the right air pressures.
Aboloma, who was delivering a goodwill message on Christmas, said the status of vehicle tyres was a strong determinant of safety behind the wheels, saying that motorists should take this into consideration.
He blamed levity on the side of motorists and also the bid to maximise profit as reasons for incessant road crashes resulting from tyre failures, adding that although vehicle parts are important, but tyre condition is critically important.
The SON boss said his agency would continue to sensitise Nigerians on the propriety of double-checking the quality of products they buy, while at the same time sanctioning those behind such substandard products
He said, “We know that these are issues that could actually be contained if people were a bit more sincere and careful. But experience has shown that there are many people, from manufacturers, to importers, vulcanisers down to drivers who do not want to do the right thing; they would rather try to cut corners, and this is the result of some of these negative incidences on the road.”
Aboloma said, as the apex regulatory agency on standards, the SON would continue its efforts in check mate manufacture, import or sale of substandard products, saying this was in the interest of the nation.
He said the agency has put in place an aggressive sensitisation campaigns going forward, while at the same time strengthening internal mechanisms aimed at arresting the problem of substandard products in the country.
He referred to recent shuttle visits to sister agencies like the Customs and other relevant agencies at the ports and borders as an effort to synergy operations against the influx of substandard products.
He added, “We have already spoken about our resolve to support small and medium enterprises in the county. This would become a reality when they are saved of unhealthy completion from imported substandard products, and also once they imbibe standardisation procedures specially tailored for SMEs. It makes their products more reputable and reliable and increase demand of such products.”
The SON DG appealed to Nigerians to continue to support the organisation in the discharge of its duties especially by volunteering information when and where necessary, adding that such information had been effective in detecting and arresting substandard products.
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