SON Raids Apo Market, Destroys Over 4,000 Expired Tyres

SON Raids Apo Market, Destroys Over 4,000 Expired Tyres
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By MIMIDOO PATRICK

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, has raided and destroyed over 4,000 expired and substandard tyres confiscated at Apo, Federal Capital Territory.

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The Regional Coordinator North-Central SON, Mr. Albert Wilberforce who led the exercise said the raid became imperative following the refusal of traders to stop selling fake and sub-standard goods

Wilberforce said the tyres were imported in Nigeria. Adding that the destruction was to prevent such tyres from getting into the markets and homes.

The cost of the expired and stuffed tyres runs into several millions of naira, he said.

He said that Nigerians should know the lifespan of every tyre is four years.

According to him, “These tyres we are destroying today, which is locally called ‘tokunbo tyres’ have been used for several years overseas.

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“Before they are imported in the country, they have stayed beyond four years already.

“The third issue wrong with these ‘tokunbo’ tyres is that they are forcefully stuffed inside each other, and at times, you might have six tyres stuffed together into one tyre.

As part of efforts to rid the nation of fake and sub-standard products, the agency stormed Apo tyre market in Abuja to seize fake products.

The exercise which caught traders unaware saw the organisation sealing off some shops stocked with fake and sub-standard products.

Officials of the enforcement team of the organisation were accompanied by police officers when they stormed the Abuja Apo market  in the Federal Capital Territory with the mission to rid the market of fake and sub-standard goods.

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The raid however witnessed a minor resistance as one of the traders challenged the team for carrying out the exercise.

The traders, resisted by drowning stones at  officials of the organisation who were quick to vacate the premises but this brought about mixed reactions from some of the traders.

The leader of the term however said that traders have no excuse to stock fake products having been given two weeks’ notice to clear the markets of such products.

A similar exercise was also carried out in some market in the city where some fake products were seized.

The SON promised to make the exercise a regular one across the nation, so as to stop persons who specialize in stocking fake products from circulating substandard products.

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The coordinator also stated that the raid was an enforcement to reduce substandard tyres in the markets.

He, however, blamed the traders for the presence of substandard products in the market as they were not forced to buy the products.

Aljazirahnews


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