By Industrial Digest
PORT HARCOURT: ” It is bad enough to import used tyres, but worse to have them stuffed five into one as even stuffed new tyres constitute dangers to road users because of the damage already done to them in the process of stuffing and un-stuffing”.
The Director-General, Standards Organization of Nigeria(SON ) Mallam Farouk, said this when he led officials of the agency to seize two Container loads of imported used tyres, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
” Used tyres are contraband and Nigerians should avoid using them as there are no standards to adjudge their quality status, ” he said.
No sooner than the containers were being off-loaded into a warehouse at the Ikoku Motor Spare Parts Market in Port Harcourt, than the SON enforcement police swoop on them.
It was learned that the seizure was a sequel to an alert provided by a patriotic Nigerian to officials of the SON who moved to the site with the support of the Security forces.
The stuffed, used tires were concealed in containers of imported used vehicles to beat regulatory procedures.
In picture: Mallam Farouk Salim addressing the Press at the scene of the seizure in Port Harcourt with Mr. Taju Dosunmu, SON Coordinator, Onne Ports.
The Importer, Mr. Uchenna Ibewute in the company of the Chairman, Port Harcourt Motor Spare Parts Dealers Union, High Chief Anthony Iwu in a written undertaking conceded the consignment to SON for destruction.
He pleaded for leniency from prosecution and promised to desist from dealing in substandard products henceforth.
The DG accepted the plea of the Importer for leniency on account of being a first offender and his willingness to cooperate with SON in ridding the society of the dangerous items.