The Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Loans/debts, Shehu Sani (APC), Kaduna Central has advocated for strict penalty for importers of fairly used and substandard tyres into the Country.
Speaking with DAILY POST in Abuja, Sani disclosed that Credible statistics had shown that about 5,000 lives had been lost on Nigerian roads as a result of tyre burst, a situation he said was unacceptable.
He added that in every ten accidents on road, seven was caused as a result of substandard tyres, noting that the nation could not wait to see precious lives being wasted on roads.
“I sponsored a motion in the Senate on the need to punish importers of substandard and fairly used tyres because credible statistics have shown that about 5,000 lives have been lost on our roads as a result of substandard tyres”, he said.
He argued that though majority of Nigerians were poor and may not afford quality tyres, none of those poor people want to die on the road, hence, it was about enforcing laws by appropriate regulating agencies.
“It is true that majority of Nigerians are poor, and may not afford quality tyres, but am sure none of them will like to be wasted on the road due to tyre burst”, he maintained.
While indicting Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and Nigeria Customs Service for not doing enough in this regard, he reminded those regulating agencies that the National Assembly would not relent until the nation was rid of substandard tyres.
“Tyres can be new, yet has expired, tyres can be new, yet not meant for our climate, and fairly used tyres are not suitable for our environment. These are the things to look out for and when discovered, those importers involved should be seriously punished”, he emphasised.
Sani suggested that there was need for the federal government to give lifeline to tyres manufacturing companies in Nigeria that had folded up, noting that these companies when revived could manufacture quality tyres that suit Nigerian terrain.
“In those days, there were tyre manufacturing companies that produce tyres based on our own temperature and then tyre accidents were not as bad as they are now. Government can provide lifeline for those companies to come up again”, he noted.