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SON Apprise Nigerians in disagreement with fairly used, stuff-in tyres



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“Expired tyre kills, Nigerians should look well before purchasing them. A new tyre whether used or unused expires after four years,’’ he warned.


SON Apprise Nigerians In Disagreement With Fairly Used, Stuff-in Tyres

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has apprise Nigerians to abstain from purchasing fairly used tyres, run out and stuffed-in tyres to protect their lives and property.

Mr Bola Fashina, Special Assistant to SON Director-General gave the apprising on Monday in Abuja in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Fashina said that in an attempt to circumvent procedures or short-change the nation, some unscrupulous importers stuff up to Five or Six new tyres into One while importing them into the country.

According to him, in the course of doing that they are endangering lives of Nigerians because the tyres are forced into one another, and the process of removing them destroys or makes the tyres substandard.

He noted that importers indulged in such to maximise gains but put people’s lives at risk “because once they were removed and put in the market, consumers could hardly detect until they were put on the road.

“The whole idea is to bring in five containers of tyres inside one container in order to pay duty for only one container instead of paying for six.

“Those are the kinds of new tyres that you see on vehicles that explode. They are new, but you see them peeling off on motion, those are the kind of challenges we face.

“The fact that they are new does not mean that they are good tyres because they have been stuffed and unstuffed,’’ he said.

Fashina further said that tyres particularly, are one of those life threatening products that SON had an arrangement with the Nigeria Customs Service to be notified once being imported into the country.

“Our attention is being called to it and once they are stuffed, there is no two ways about it, we seize them out-rightly and not only that we prosecute those responsible for that,’’ he added.

On fairly used tyres, Fashina said that they were termed contraband and not imported or allowed to enter into the country.

“We do not check used tyres at the point of entry because there is no standard to judge them and since they are contraband they are not supposed to come into the country.

“A lot of times when you see used tyres in the country, they have either been brought in through smuggling or as wrong declaration to get into the country.

“But beyond that, used tyres are also generated within Nigeria,’’ he added.


Fashina, however, advised owners of vehicles not to drop their tyres to any vulcanisers, whenever they were due for disposal.

“You should try and cut them otherwise they will recycle those tyres, clean them up and resell them as new tyres and they are dangerous to all, especially road users.

“Tyres are classified as life endangering products and we have arrangement with the customs to assist us to ensure that they are checked by us,’’ he said.

He added that because tyres were not being produced in Nigeria, it had a registration procedure to ensure traceability.

He said that the procedure is aimed at actually registering importers of tyres in Nigeria to trace every brand that was imported to put a check and ensure required standard.

According to Fashina, in Nigeria the life span of stuff-in tyres is actually five years from the date of its manufacture, but the expiry date does not totally talk about its life span, rather the usage and storage are considered.

Fashina warned that a new tyre should not be stored with chemical items like patrol or diesel in the same place because there will be a reaction which could affect the tyre’s quality.

“It is not only the fact that the tyre is new, it has to be properly stored where it is being sold to retain its quality.

“Expired tyre kills, Nigerians should look well before purchasing them. A new tyre whether used or unused expires after four years,’’ he warned.

Furthermore, he warned consumers to check the tyre’s Date of Manufacture (DOT) before buying and add four years to the last two digits which represented the date of manufacturing to get the expiring date.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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First Batch of Fleeing Nigerians Arrive from Ukraine



No fewer than 427 Nigerians based in Ukraine arrived Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja on Friday Morning.




They arrived en route Romania via Max Air.

This is according to an update by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) on its Twitter handle.

The passengers, numbering over 400 from Romania, landed at the private jet terminal of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by 7:10 am (WAT) via a Max Air flight on Friday. They are mostly students who fled Ukraine to Romania following Russia’s invasion of the Eastern European country.

They were reportedly received by government officials and are expected to undergo documentation after which they will head home and self-isolate in line with the COVID-19 protocols. The Federal Government said they will be given some money to enable them to get to their destinations.

Friday’s flight, which was billed to arrive a day earlier, was delayed as the Federal Government cited a hitch in preparing passengers for the check-in process.

Asides Romania, the pickup flights will evacuate Nigerians from Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary.

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Other flights are expected to arrive in the country in the coming days as nations battle to evacuate their citizens.

Already, several African countries had moved their citizens, mainly students, from the conflict zone. Ghana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa were among the first set of nations to evacuate their citizens amid reports of racism by Ukrainian and Polish officials at the border posts.


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Zubairu Dada the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, made the disclosure on Wednesday, noting that three aircraft would be dispatched to four countries.

Dada noted that the pickup flights would be headed to Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania. Two flights from Air Peace and one from Max Air are expected to carry out the evacuation exercise.

He assured that all agencies are fully resourced to ensure that aircraft leave on Wednesday to begin the evacuation. He informed that the flights will embark on a number of shifts until the process is complete.



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Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House, stated this on Monday during a meeting with Geoffery Onyeama, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, in Abuja,
The evacuation, earlier planned for Monday, was rescheduled for Wednesday to give enough room for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the House of Representatives and the Nigerian foreign missions in Ukraine, Poland and Russia to complete the formalities of moving Nigerians from inside Ukraine to safe borders with neighboring countries.
The House of representative vowed to give every needed support to the ministry to kick-start the evacuation.


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