Standard Organization of Nigeria, SON, has destroyed over N50m worth of sub-standard tyres in Enugu.
It was gathered that the tyres were of a good standard as at the time they were produced but due to stuffing and unstuffing of the tyres by the importer, they became sub-standard. Addressing Journalists briefly before destroying the tyres, the Director of Inspectorate and Compliance Directorate of SON, Engr. Obiora Mabata who represented the Director-General, DG, of the agency, Osita Aboloma disclosed that the agency is fighting to stop the sale of sub-standard products in Nigeria. Mabata who disclosed that the product was confiscated at Port Harcourt when it was about to be moved to the market, stated that it has gotten all the legal requirements according to the law to destroy the products. He condemned the act of some importers who indulge in stuffing more than four tyres into slightly bigger tyres to desist from such acts as it puts lives at risk. NAFDAC destroys N400m substandard drugs in Nasarawa “The purpose of stuffing tyres is to cheat the government and when you do this, you cause both visible and invisible damages to the tyre. It will create a lot of dents and causes danger to the user and the owner,” he said. “The position of the agency was to seize this kind of substandard product and destroy them. The products were intercepted when they are about to enter the country. That’s why I told you that we work in synergy with other sister agencies. “If we confiscate we take them to the lab to check the standard, go to court and obtain a court order and whatever the court says will be carried out by the agency”, He said. Manata while charging the importers to do the right thing according to the act of NIS, 252 2017 urged the buyers to do a proper examination of tyres before buying them to ensure that they are good and the life span was still valid. Reacting after destroying the tyres, the commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Enugu command, Commander, Chinwe Kannu, who expressed shock over the tyres worth million nairas which were destroyed, commended SON for the good work. Kannu urged the buyers to check the tyres before buying and to report any case to security agencies. “First of all, I want to welcome all of you here today especially our sister agencies on behalf of our DG son. It shows the level of collaboration and corporations we have with our sisters agencies, because the fight against sub-standard products, is not something one can do it alone. So, we are fighting in synergy with police, DSS, Police and other security agencies. “Today we are here to carry out a very important exercise in the nation, to destroy some substandard products, tyres. We have a number of the substandard tires which is not good to use in your vehicle and that’s why we brought them here to destroy.