SON part­ners In­fin­ity Tyre to rid mar­ket of fake tyres

Daily Trust - - INDUSTRY - By Sun­day Michael Ogwu

The Stan­dard Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Nigeria (SON), in col­lab­o­ra­tion with In­fin­ity Tyres, be­gan a na­tion­wide ca­pac­ity build­ing sem­i­nar for its staff and stake­hold­ers aimed iden­ti­fy­ing fake and sub­stan­dard tyres.

Speak­ing dur­ing the sem­i­nar in Abuja, the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of SON, Joseph Odu­modu said: “SON has been on the cam­paign to rid Nigeria of the neg­a­tive ef­fects sub­stan­dard tyres have on the trans­porta­tion sec­tor, which is why it is nec­es­sary that the train­ing is put to­gether.

“The chal­lenge we have is the sec­ond hand tyres com­ing in through the por­ous borders from other African coun­tries. We have been work­ing with the cus­toms to try to con­trol it be­cause if they are banned, we don’t have stan­dards for them be­cause they are not what are ex­pected to be used in the coun­try.”

He charged Nige­ri­ans to not to pa­tro­n­ise sec­ond hand tyres be­cause, say­ing there is a limit to how govern­ment can reg­u­late cer­tain things.

Rep­re­sented by the di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions, John Achukwu, Odu­modu said: “This is one of the rea­sons why we are col­lab­o­rat­ing with In­fin­ity Tyre for us to know qual­ity of a good tyre. We all know the dan­ger of sub­stan­dard tyre and the threat it poses on the lives of the people. The ob­jec­tive of this train­ing is to equip our own staff and other stake­hold­ers in their abil­ity to iden­tify sub­stan­dard tyres

“Nige­ri­ans need to know that tyres have ex­piry dates, so those are the things they should check out for even while buy­ing new ones. They are made of rub­ber, so in four to five years they are sup­posed to have passed the years of their use­ful­ness and we have been able to cur­tail the com­ing in of such ones.”

The ca­pac­ity build­ing train­ing would be done in the six geopo­lit­i­cal zones of the coun­try, geared to­wards sen­si­tis­ing Nige­ri­ans on the dan­gers of us­ing sec­ond hand tyres.

The di­rec­tor gen­eral said: “Nigeria has a very large land mass both­ered with so many coun­tries that is why when you block things from com­ing through the ports, ei­ther land or air­port, there are so many other ar­eas where sub­stan­dard goods can still find their ways into the coun­try”

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