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Manufacturers along with a former lawmaker and an industrialist, Hon Nosike Okoye, have expressed outrage at what they called “the devilish attempt of an Onitsha-based company to set manufacturers in the South-east against the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON).”
Hon. Nosike, who was reacting on behalf of other manufacturers to the recent demonstration at the SON office in Awka, Anambra State, in which hundreds of protesters, said to be the employees of Bendusco International Ltd, carried placards accusing SON officers of making things difficult in the procurement of MANCAP certificate.
The ex-lawmaker, in a chat with journalists in his Nnewi office, at the weekend, dismissed the alleged SON threat to local industry as false.
Penultimate weekend,some leading manufacturers of shaving sticks in the country called on the Federal Government to deal decisively with a notorious faker of their products, stating that the good images they built over decades risk being ruined if efforts are not made, and fast, to save them from the ravaging scammer.
The manufacturers address newsmen in Lagos at the heels of a protest organised by Mr Benjamin Uzochukwu Nwizu of BENDUSCO, D&K in Onitsha against Standards Organisation of Nigeria for evacuating several trucks of sub standard and faked shaving sticks from the company.
The NIPPEN PLC representative, Mr. Olasore Fatai, said the activities of the BENDUSCO, a company based at Onitsha in Awka, Anambra State, have its businesses under unbearable pressure.
Fatai said the fake BIC products importer was producing illegally in Awka until the long arms of the law caught up with his factories hence they were shot in 2014.
The manufacturers cited the standards body’s implementation of a Six-Point Agenda, which has lately been com- pressed to Made in Nigeria for the World (MINFOW).
According to Hon Okoye, “the MINFOW formula includes persistent raids on substandard products to create space where standard products can sell; it also includes free certification for thousands of SMEs yearly and the refurbishment and progressive accreditation of labs to ensure that the integrity and global acceptability of Nigeria’s products are guaranteed.”
Tackling the allegation of demand for bribes, Hon Okoye said that it should be taken with a pinch of salt considering his pleasant experience and that of several people with SON.
“I have personally interfaced with SON officials for MANCAP certificate and I have noted that extortion in that place appears to be going into extinction.
“Besides, the style of governance in the organisation has been commended by many other people who know what’s going on there staff and genuine manufacturers,” he said.
Furthermore, he said that the protest went without the support of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) and without the participation of any other manufacturer since no well-meaning manufacturer would get involved.