IMPORTED STUFFED TYRES – SON CLARIFIES ROLE

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has clarified issues relating to its role in the clearance of products at the country’s entry points stating that the agency has not been properly positioned to stop substandard products at the entry points since its exit from the sea ports.

In a statement issued by the Head of Public Relations, Mr. Bola Fashina in Abuja, he affirmed that in spite the off-shore conformity assessment programme (SONCAP) to assure the quality of products from their countries of origin, unpatriotic importers still circumvent the process in a bid to make excessive profits.

This peculiar situation according to him requires that imported consignments are closely examined on arrival to confirm the quality which the agency is only able do diligently when invited for cargo examination which are usually far between.

In relation to the recently apprehended tyres that were stuffed four and five into one, Mr. Fashina explained that the off-shore certification of the quality by SON did not allow for the mode in which the consignments were imported. The certification he said only attests to the quality of the tyres under normal and proper storage and transportation.

According to him, by stuffing tyres into one another, some become unnecessarily expanded, others unduly compressed, bending the wires round the tyre helms and creating sharp points, thus making them vulnerable to bursts on slight contacts having been squeezed and weakened.

The act of stuffing of the tyres he said, can only be a way of evading payment of necessary service charges and duties on the consignments thus denying the Nation of the revenue that should accrue to the Government.

Mr. Fashina commended all those who collaborated with SON in apprehending the stuffed tyres, calling on Nigerians to continue to act as whistle blowers in the fight against the influx and distribution of substandard products in the overall interest of the Nation and its people.