Mar­keters to un­veil Africa tyre vil­lage in La­gos

The Punch - - TRANSPORT - Mau­reen Ihua-maduenyi

THE As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria Tyre Mar­keters says it will un­veil its multi-bil­lion naira tyre ed­i­fice, known as the Africa Tyre Vil­lage, next month.

Ac­cord­ing to the as­so­ci­a­tion, it has set aside April 25th and 26th to mark the open­ing of the mar­ket lo­cated within the La­gos In­ter­na­tional Trade Fair com­plex along Bada­gry Ex­press­way.

The ANTM Pres­i­dent, Al­haji Issa Mo­hammed, said the La­gos Tyre Con­fer­ence would also be held on the first day of the in­au­gu­ra­tion, while the sec­ond day would be the of­fi­cial open­ing of the tyre vil­lage with award pre­sen­ta­tions to notable in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions for their con­tri­bu­tions to the safety, se­cu­rity and qual­ity mo­tor­ing on the coun­try’s high­ways.

He said, “We are un­veil­ing this mar­ket on the 25th and 26th April as the cen­tre for qual­ity tyres in Africa and Nige­ria in par­tic­u­lar. This oc­ca­sion will pro­vide the long awaited op­por­tu­nity for all the stake­hold­ers of the na­tion’s roads and mo­tor­ing in­dus­try to come to­gether and dis­cuss the way for­ward in the fight against sub­stan­dard tyre prod­ucts.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mo­hammed, the as­so­ci­a­tion is the um­brella body of more than 2,500 tyre mar­keters for­merly op­er­at­ing at the Enu-owa area of Id­mota on La­gos Is­land.

He stated that the need to com­ply with La­gos State Gov­ern­ment’s ‘No street trad­ing’ di­rec­tive, and free mem­bers from the haz­ardous and un­friendly con­di­tions at Enu-owa made the union to build and re­lo­cate ac­tiv­i­ties to the new cen­tre.

The Vice Pres­i­dent of ANTM, Okechukwu Ezeifeoma, said im­porters and man­u­fac­tur­ers of tyres and other au­to­mo­bile prod­ucts, trans­port firms, com­mer­cial bus and cab op­er­a­tors, banks and other cor­po­rate or­gan­i­sa­tions would show­case their prod­ucts at the ex­hi­bi­tion.

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