SON destroys N300m substandard gas cylinders, tyres

*The destruction of substandard gas cylinders and tyres is a culmination of the cases the regulator has treated with more products waiting for court orders to be destroyed in the country ─Farouk Salim, Director-General of Standards Organisation of Nigeria

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Failure to meet the minimum requirement of the Nigerian Industrial Standard (NIS), making them unsafe for the public, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has destroyed over N300 million worth of substandard gas cylinders and vehicle tyres in Lagos.

It was gathered Malam Farouk Salim, Director-General of SON, Monday disclosed the standards regulatory agency is increasing its surveillance and intelligence to checkmate the influx of substandard goods into the country.

The Director-General restated the agency’s commitment to achieving its zero tolerance for substandard goods.

Salim said: “We are destroying these goods in an environmentally friendly way because we do not want to pollute the environment, and we also to ensure that everything recyclable would be recycled properly.”

With the commencement of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AFCFTA), the organisation is prepared to ensure that only goods that meet the minimum requirements of the standards are allowed into Nigeria from neighbouring African countries.

According to him, the destruction of the substandard gas cylinders and tyres is a culmination of the cases the regulator has treated with more products waiting for court orders to be destroyed.

He stated: “We are looking at N300 million worth of goods and this is just an estimate. We are destroying them.

“About six containers of tyres were stuffed into each other and for the cylinders, we intercepted them from multiple sources.”

Salim further noted: “We still have more products waiting for court orders to be destroyed because we cannot on our own destroy them illegally.”

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