SON partners Infinity Tyre to rid market of fake tyres
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”