In other to reduce numbers of road accidents causes by the expired tyres, SON went after millions of imported tyres that may not comply with it REGULATION TESTING PROGRAMME find their ways into the country.
Engr. Bede Obayi is the Director, Inspectorate and Compliance of the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) in searching for those illegally imported tyres, that a warehouse loaded of illegal imported tyres was discovered on the Mudo Tidi street in Abule Ado area of Ojo Local Government Area in Lagos which led On Monday, where the owner of the consignment was absent at the time the agency reached the warehouse.
All efforts to reach the said owner proved unsuccessful and director therefore ordered his team to pack the rest of items outside to inside and locked up the warehouse while waiting for the owner of the warehouse to contact the SON office. The value of the illegally imported tyers was not yet determined, perhaps because the owner was not seen.
Prior to the reached the warehouse loaded with illegal imported tyres, Engr Obayi also led team to uncovered another warehouse. The company called Hang Fair international limited uses the warehouse to produces untested standing Fans. The printed packages for the finishing goods indicated the items are imported from China with wrong SON endorsement number which not allocated to the said company while it produced here in Nigeria.
Uchena Ugah, the owner of Hang Fair International Limited that produces standing fans, yet to undergo quality test by SON pleaded with understanding that he will reach SON for quick settlement to enable him continue with the productions.
Engr Obayi while addressing journalists on the scene said “this is what we are passing through almost daily, imagine, an item produced here in Nigeria and the final package labeled as an imported item from China.”
With all efforts of government to improve life of citizens and grow economy, some groups out there to undermine the efforts, he added.
However, director noted that SON will not relent it efforts to eradicate or reduce illegal ways of importing substandard goods and expired tyres. Unless operators change their way and do proper things, agency will be after them, he stressed.
Amehnews recalls that the Two Chinese and a Nigerian recently arrested for illegal importation of fake and sub-standard tyres worth N5billion were arraigned at the Federal High Court in Lagos.
The third warehouse visited was full with assorted tyres both expired and yet to expire in one warehouse.
When the owner was questioned why he should still keeps those expired tyres till date, his promised to disposing the said tyres soon, which Engr Obayi refused to agree rather told his staff to separates the expired from each other and locked up the expired in the separate warehouse.
The exercise led by SON director was described as operations sweep because it involved many warehouses around the areas involving those illegal operations.