Frequent Road Crashes: FG Begs Dunlop, Michelin to Return to Nigeria

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Dele Ogbodo in Abuja

While attributing the frequent road crashes to the use of sub-standard and expired tyres, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Babachir David Lawal, on Monday pleaded with Michelin and Dunlop, two tyre manufacturers which left Nigeria due to harsh operating conditions to neighbouring countries, to return.

The SGF, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Special Duties, Mrs. Phyllis Nwokedi, at a stakeholders’ forum on use of tyres, in Abuja, called on the tyre manufacturers to come back because things are changing for the better in country.

Lawal, who acknowledged the frightening road crashes due to fake tyres, said: “This forum is a veritable platform for relevant stakeholders to join hands in making inputs that could address the frightening cases of road crashes resulting from inappropriate use of tyres which the nation is currently witnessing.”

According to him, the present administration is committed to creating transparency in business environment and enunciating policies that could motivate investors to invest their funds in profitable business activities in the country.

While pleading with investors to return, he said: “It is, therefore, my hope that all companies including those engaged in tyre manufacturing which relocated from the country some years back, would see reasons to be convinced by the sincerity of purpose being displayed by the present administration in creating conducive business environment for genuine investors for them to be motivated to return.”