Standards Organisation of Nigeria vows to rid the country of fake and substandard products.
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria(SON) has reiterated commitment to rid the country of fake and substandard products vowing to deal with any importer or manufacturer who violets set-standards.
The renewed move is times aimed at checking the nefarious activities of purveyors of fake and sub-standard products across the country, which are bent on breaking the rules on standardisation.
Recently, some individuals took it upon themselves, calling on the Federal Government to urgently intervene and stop SON’s laudable policy of Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP) “or scrap it entirely as it has increased additional burden on importers.”
However, in a sharp reaction, SON’s Head, Inspectorate and Compliance Directorate, Engr. Bede Obayi, said “those who have skeletons in their cupboards should indeed not be comfortable with the agency’s recent policy direction aimed at stamping out illegal, fake and sub-standard products in the country.”
Our Correspondent reports that over 80% of sub-standard products existing in the country are imported from Overseas by unscrupulous Nigerians who My Seat Not Vacant –Mark are bent to make profits at the detriment of the safety of lives of common Nigerians and consumers.
According to Obayi, genuine importers have been collaborating with SON to do the right thing, adding that there is no way that the organization has stifled economic growth with its policies, as wrongly alleged by SALS.
According to him, the integration of SON’s processes and certificates into the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS) recently, was primarily aimed at reducing to the barest minimum, the incidence of sub-standard products circulation in the country.
It would be recalled that the Central Bank of Nigeria, through a Circular referenced TED/FEM/FPC/GEN/01/018 of 22nd September 2015, had directed all operators and importers to key into the system latest by December 1, 2015.