SON Apprehends Engine Oil Counterfeiters
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has nabbed a syndicate that specializes in adulteration of engine oil for sale to unsuspecting members of the public.
The Director general, SON said that the arrest took place at tipper garage, in the Jahi area of Abuja, with SON operation team sealing the premises where the illicit activity was being carried on.
Aboloma who was represented by Mr Felix Nyado, director operation, SON during the operation said that investigations shows that the men were used to picking spent containers of genuine engine oil with which they package their own fake brands and then sale to unsuspecting members of the public.
The director general said that strong intelligence network led to their arrest.
Aboloma urged consumers to be wary of the kind of engine oil they buy and also appealed to the members of the public to dent or destroy packaging materials or containers before disposing it as a way of checkmating the activities of the counterfeiters.
In his own words, destroy the package after use will go a long way in curbing fake and substandard products in the market.
“ Those empties are ought to be recycled and not to be picked at waste dumps and supplied to counterfeiters,” he said.
He equally advised Nigerians to continue to support the SON in its bid to sanitize Nigeria of substandard products.
Meanwhile, the DG on Friday advised Nigerians to patronize only certified products to enable them get value for their money.
He made the call at the SON special day at the ongoing 2017 Enugu International Trade fair, appealing to entrepreneurs to subscribe to subscribe to the SON mandatory conformity assessment programme scheme for the growth of their enterprises as well as their market share.
On export drive, he said the agency had been working hard to ensure that Made Nigeria Products specially, farm produces meet prescribed international standards and calibration.
“The issue of rejection of our products and produces anywhere in the world is gradually becoming a thing of the past as SON is poised to make Nigerian products and farm outputs the number one preferred in terms of quality and quantity specification”, he said.
Also speaking, the chairman of Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, Rev Ugochukwu Chime, thanked the SON DG for participating in the trade fair and for stimulating economic growth through its activities.
He said the agency had by its activities lent tremendous support to the economic development of the nation generally, and entrepreneurs particularly.