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Substandard Tyres: SON Seeks Return To Seaports

Posted: May 17, 2016 at 11:44 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Phillip Oladunjoye, Lagos The Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) has indicated interest to return to the country’s seaports to help control the influx of substandard products, including tyres, to the country.

SON’s Acting Director-General, Dr. Paul Angya, indicated the interest at a stakeholders’ meeting on the enforcement of the ban on used tyres in Abuja.

According to him, the reason why past administration removed them from Ports was to fast track trade and cut down the turnaround time.
“But with the consequences of SON leaving the ports, with the influx of substandard products, which is almost over running Nigeria, those reasons that they gave at that time, may have been germane at that time, but at this time they are no longer cogent.

“Because the consequences that we are suffering far outweighs any benefit from that decision and apart from that, as we speak, the present facility available to do the job are different and improved. And so there is no need for anybody to hold down any container at the port because things are largely digitised and computerised. So it’s time for the government to take SON back to the ports, so that it can do the job of policing the quality of products that are coming into Nigeria.

“What we want the government to do is to reverse that decision of the last government and to call SON back to the ports so that SON can check the influx of substandard products into Nigeria.”

Angya said that the most strategic place for SON to effectively prevent the inflow of substandard products was at the sea ports.
According to him, more than 90 per cent of products come through the ports.

“The last administration through the Minister of Finance directed SON to leave the sea ports even though the law setting it up allows it to operate there,” he said.

According to Angya there were quite a number of substandard products in almost everything being imported.
“And unfortunately more than 70 per cent of the products into the country did not meet SON’s specifications.”

FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, explained that the meeting was to fashion ways on the stakeholders decision reached at a meeting on the campaign on the use of tyres.

Oyeyemi said that the meeting agreed on a joint enforcement involving SON, FRSC, Customs Service, Department of State Service and the National Automobile Development Council.