Kaduna – The Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) has impounded more than 10,000 used and substandard tyres in Kaduna.
The tyres were seized after SON raided shops in new Panteka market and along Katsina road in Kaduna metropolis on Wednesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)reports that nine shops were also sealed during the raid coordinated by SON, Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and Federal Road safety Corps.
Alhaji Adamu Abba, SON Acting Zonal Coordinator, said the raid was meant to rid the market of products injurious to the health and well being of Nigerians.
He lamented that the organisation had warned the dealers several times to stop the sale of used and substandard tyres, but had remained adamant.
“This type of business is dangerous to lives of Nigerians and must be checked, you can all bear witness of the number of people who died because of used and substandard tyres.”
Abba reminded the dealers that the ban placed by the Federal Government on importation of the siezed products was still in force.
“All those used and substandard tyres were smuggled into the country, they didn’t come through normal process,” he noted.
He said that the inspection would continue, adding that “ violators will be prosecuted and the used, substandard tyres impounded will be destroyed.”
The zonal officer said that SON would build synergy with critical stakeholder to stop circulation of substandard products in Nigerian markets.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of New Panteka Market Tyres Dealers Association, Idris Jafar had pledged to partner with SON to rid the market of substandard products, to save lives.(NAN)