President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to jail suppliers who sell substandard goods.
The acting Director General of the organization, Dr. Paul Angya, who gave the ultimatum, during a stakeholders forum with tyre dealers in Lagos on Wednesday, noted that a ten-year jail term await defectors.
Angya gave the dealers a 24-hour ultimatum to destroy every fake tyre in their store or face the consequences.
He said he will enforce this sanction, because fake tyres are the leading cause of death across the country, according to a recent report by the Road Safety Commission.
The report specified that out of 8,986 accidents recorded in 2015, 722 were due to tyre bursts, which has led to the death of 446 persons.
“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 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 disposed them in the next 24 hours, thereafter our team will visit you and we will charge you for murderer.
“To eliminate corruption from SON, we are going to introduce e-payment, e-invoice and e-receipt to stamp out corruption from the system,”
He further revealed that the organization (SON) is working on new ways to improve the standard of products sold to consumers in the country.
He said: “To ease our work and improve quality of goods and products in Nigeria, we are working to improve expansion of SON facilities across the country so that people in Sokoto will not travel to Maiduguri to text their products.
“What many of our farmers do before they can take their products to abroad is to first take it to Ghana laboratory for text, once the goods pass through text in Ghana the products will send to abroad in the name of Ghana and Ghana government will take the glory.”