Following series of road crashes in Nigeria resulting from tyre blow-outs, the Federal Road Safety Corps is organizing a Stakeholders’ forum on tyres where issues relating with the use and safety of tyres are to be discussed.The FRSC’ Head of Media Relations and Strategy, Bisi Kazeem, in a statement said that the summit is aimed at re-educating Nigerians on the general knowledge of tyres, types of tyres, how to care for tyres, and useful tips in the case of a blow out or tyre burst.
According to him, issues such as standards, important tyre markings for the different types of tyres, sizes, lifespan from date of manufacture to expiry date, tyre pressure, storage, and other essential safety issues will be addressed such that Nigerians will understand that tyre is a very important component of a vehicle.
The summit which is scheduled to hold on 9th May 2016 at Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, has the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr Babachir David Lawal as Special Guest of Honour, while the Director-General, Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) Dr. Paul Angya will present the lead paper.
Other special guests expected at the Occasion are: Minister of the FCT Administration, Muhammad Musa Bello; Minister of Trade, Investment and Industry, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah; and Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola.
Notable contributors in the forum are; Engr. Aminu Jalal DG Nigerian Automobile Design and Development Council (NADDC), Senator Tijajani Kaura (Chairman, Committee Federal Character and Inter-governmental Affairs), Senator Shehu Sani (Chairman Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts), and Hon. Engr. Yunusa Abubakar (Chairman, Committee on Federal Road Safety Corps).
Others are; Engr. G.A Lawal (Consultant, Tyre/Transport Fleet Operation Support), Nigerian Custom Service, President Nigerian Labour Congress, Engr. Toluhi Ayobami Olusegun (Deputy Director/Head, Monitoring and Strategy, FERMA), President NARTO, President RTEAN, President NURTW, and the National Chairman of NUPENG-PTD.
Meanwhile, the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi will flag off a special National Campaign on tyres which will involve free safety checks on tyres, as well as consulting on safe use of tyres