SUBSTANDARD PRODUCTS MANUFACTURER, IMPORTERS, ARE KILLERS – AMOSUN, ABOLOMA
Manufacturers, importers and distributors of substandard products should be treated as criminals, the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; and the Director General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Osita Aboloma, have said.
They said this at a workshop on electrical/electronic products with the theme: ‘Effects of substandard electrical/electronic products to life and economy’ held in Abeokuta for stakeholders in cable and electrical/electronic sectors and consumers. It was organised by SON, Ogun State office 1.
Amosun and the SON DG said the action of substandard goods makers and dealers had led to loss of lives and property as well as denied the country its expected revenue.
Amosun, who was a special guest of honour at the event, said through the manufacturing and importation of substandard cables and electrical/electronic products into the country, many lives had been lost in homes and offices while property worth billions of naira had also been razed by fire due to electrical faults occasioned by use of such products.
Represented by the State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, Governor Amosun said those involved in such unpatriotic acts were driven by ignorance, greed or selfishness.
He noted that such unpatriotic elements should be treated as criminals like armed robbers, kidnappers and ritualists, since through their actions lives were being lost.
He said, “The resultant effect of patronising and using fake products is unquantifiable; most importantly is the loss of lives, properties and tax revenue by government.
“I believe those involved should be treated as armed robbers and kidnappers. They should be given maximum punishment” he said.
The Governor called on SON to maintain highest standard of integrity in discharging its duties.
He also urged consumers to be vigilant while purchasing products in the market.
On his part, the SON boss said the workshop was aimed at creating awareness about cables and electrical/electronic products, which were mostly found in homes.