SON Destroys Substandard Tyres, LPG Cylinders Worth N300m

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The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has destroyed substandard tyres and LPG cylinders worth over N300 million. Speaking at the destruction of the sub-standard product in Lagos, yesterday, the director-general, SON, Farouk Salim stated that some people have decided to make the country a dumping ground for substandard products as the tyres and cylinders being destroyed failed the SON test carried out on them.

He noted that the tyres were contraband stuffed into about seven to eight containers which had compromised the integrity of the tyres and made it unfit for consumers while the cylinders were discovered to be below standard making them dangerous to the community.

He said that the substandard goods need to be destroyed in an environmentally friendly manner and recycled to avoid them getting to the consumers and causing explosions that might lead to death.

The DG disclosed that the organisation has been trying to stop the importation of such substandard product, saying, ‘there is an ongoing talk with the senior officials on how to get the organisation back to the port.’

He noted that about 80 percent of the goods being imported come from the Lagos port, “if we are able to work at the Lagos port we will be able to minimise the importation of substandard goods before they get to the warehouses.’

Also speaking, head of sanitation National Environmental Standard and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Catherine Omotehinse, commended the organisation for choosing to destroy the substandard goods in an environmental friendly manner without burning or degrading the environment, advising the organisation to monitor the recycling of the products to make sure they are being done in a proper manner.