The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) reveals it has now been empowered to jail dealers in substandard products for ten years.
Speaking in Lagos on Wednesday at a stakeholders’ forum for tyre dealers, Acting Director General of SON, Dr. Paul Angya, stressed that the new SON Act 2015 has empowered the organisation to jail promoters of sub-standard product up to 10 years and they will not relent to jail any culprits found wanting.
Dr. Paul Angya, also said that the era of seizure and destruction of fake and substandard products was over, making reference to a recent report by the Road Safety Commission stating that out of 8,986 accidents recorded in 2015, 722 were due to tyre bursts, resulting in the death of 446 persons.
The SON has thereby given a 24-hour ultimatum to tyre dealers in the country to destroy every fake tyre in their stock or face prosecution. He said:
“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.
“We are going to stamp out corruption among the tyre dealers, we are going to set up a task force and we will not sleep until we confirm that accidents in the country are not traced to substandard tyres again.”
He said that the agency has the legal backing to shut down any shop displaying fake tyres for at least three months without going to court and that offenders could also bag up to ten years imprisonment without any option of fine.
Angya mentioned that the organisation was ready to eliminate importation of sub-standard products into Nigeria, and to achieve this, they have reached out to other government agencies to ensure that they work together and stop smugglers of fake products into the country.
In order to eliminate corruption from SON, e-payment, e-invoice and e-receipt has been introduced into the agency to stamp out corruption from the system, Angya said.
He urged the tyre dealers to cooperate with the organization to put an end to importation of sub-standard tyres into the country.
The SON Boss mentioned that the agency was doing its best to strengthen its laboratory systems to ensure that Nigerian products will not be rejected overseas, adding that in a bid to ease work and improve quality of goods and products in Nigeria, they were making plans to improve and expand SON facilities across the country so that people in Sokoto will not travel to Maiduguri to test their products.