The Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON has said it will destroy about N400m worth of substandard tyres confiscated from dealers across the country.
According to SON, the tyres have been mopped away from public use and has been properly secured at its warehouse from where it will be destroyed.
The Director-General, SON, Mr. Osita Aboloma, who disclosed this in Abuja, added that the tyres were mopped up by the agency’s enforcement teams across the country over the last few months, adding that the tyres would be destroyed to safeguard lives and properties of innocent Nigerians.
The DG said the measure has become imperative to serve as a deterrent to others in the habit of dealing in substandard products.
He explained that in spite of their threat to live, substandard products also choke genuine products, exacerbate unemployment and contribute to crimes.
In his words: “We will continue to take necessary steps towards cleaning up our economy and our country of substandard products so that Nigerians will 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.”
He enjoined motorists to take additional precautions while conveying passengers to and from different locations during the yuletide, adding that such precautions should begin with a thorough check on the state of the tyres, including whether they were running on the right air pressures or not.
According to Aboloma, the status of vehicle tyres is a strong determinant of safety behind the wheels, saying that motorists should take this into consideration.
He blamed carelessness on the part of motorists and also the bid to maximise profits as reasons for incessant road crashes resulting from tyre failures, adding that although vehicle parts were important, the tyre condition was of critical importance.
Aboloma said his agency would continue to sensitise Nigerians to the propriety of double-checking the quality of products they buy, while at the same time sanctioning those behind the distribution and sale of substandard products