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Why Influx of Fake, Expired Tyres Continues Unabated in Nigeria, By FG

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Posted: May 10, 2016 at 4:11 am   /   by   /   comments (0)






The Federal Government on Monday blamed the absence of tyre manufacturing plants in Nigeria as being responsible for the influx of various brands of sub-standard and expired tyres into the country, which has resulted in the increase of road crashes.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, stated this at the stakeholders forum on tyres organised by Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Abuja.

He lamented that the nation had been exposed to cases of frequent road carnage that are attributable to tyre blow out due to expiration, inappropriate inflation or wrong use of tyres.

Lawal represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the SGF, Philis Nwokedi, noted that there were over 250 brands of tyres, mostly expired and sub-standard being smuggled into the country by unscrupulous importers.

He stated that as a responsible government, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration cannot continue to tolerate senseless destruction of lives and property of the citizenry on the roads through use of tyres that are either fake, expired or non-conducive for our environment.

To this end, he appealed to the tyre manufacturing companies which relocated from Nigeria to other countries due to harsh economic environment in the country at the time to come back and re-invest in the country, assuring that “things are changing for better.”

He said: “This administration is committed to creating transparency in business environment and enunciation of policies that could motivate investors to invest their funds in profitable business activities in the country.

“It is, therefore, my hope that all companies including those engaged in tyre manufacturing, which relocated from the country some years back, would see reasons to be convinced by the sincerity of purpose being displayed by the present administration in creating conducive business environment for genuine investors for them to be motivated to return.”

It would be recalled that some time ago Dunlop and Michelin Tyre Manufacturing Companies had relocated from Nigeria to the neighbouring countries for business due to harsh business environment in Nigeria.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation called on stakeholders to join hands in making inputs that could address the frightening cases of road crashes resulting from inappropriate use of tyres which the nation is currently witnessing.

Also speaking, the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, said the personnel of the Corps would embark on aggressive clampdown on vehicles using sub-standard and expired tyres on the roads.

Oyeyemi revealed that the recent road crash, which involved members of the Nigerian Medical Association from Ekiti State, travelling to Sokoto was as a result of the use of expired tyres.

He decried a situation where motorists prefer to buy fake and expired tyres, adding that life does not have any cost.