It was gathered that the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) says it now has the powers to jail dealers in substandard products for ten years.
Acting Director General of SON, Dr. Paul Angya, said this at a stakeholders’ forum for tyre dealers in Lagos yesterday.
“Our new Act 2015 empowered us to jail promoters of sub-standard product up to 10 years and we will not relent to jail any culprit.”
Angya, who threatened to charge any dealer of fake tyres for murder, lamented a recent report by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) that out of 8,986 accidents recorded in 2015, 722 were due to tyre bursts which resulted in the death of 446 persons.
He said: “We are going to stamp out corruption among the tyre dealers; we are going to set up a taskforce and we will not sleep until we confirm that accidents in the country are not traced to substandard tyres again.
“We are ready to eliminate importation of sub-standard products into Nigeria; because of this, we have reached out to other government agencies to ensure that we work together and stop smugglers of fake products into the country.
“If you have fake tyre in your shop make sure you dispose them in the next 24 hours, thereafter our team will visit you and we will charge you for murder.
“To eliminate corruption from SON, we are going to introduce e-payment, e-invoice and e-receipt to stamp out corruption from the system.”