Director General SON addressing members of Electrical Dealers Association Nigeria (EDAN) Alaba Int. Market Chapter

The Director General / Chief Executive Standards Organisation of Nigeria (DG/CE SON) Mallam Farouk A. Salim has charged leadership and members of the Electrical Dealers Association of Nigeria (EDAN) Alaba International market on the need to self-regulate the activities of its members in order to take advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).

The Director General, SON, Mallam Farouk Salim made this known at a sensitisation workshop for the Electrical Dealers Association of Nigeria (EDAN) held at the Alaba International Market, electrical section recently.

The DG stated that to attract local and foreign patronage only quality products will suffice and the organisation is in a good position to collaborate with market associations in ensuring that markets deal only on good quality and certified standard products in order to attain international acceptance especially with the free trade across borders policy of ACfTA.

Salim reiterated the need for Market Association’s to self-regulate in fishing out dealers with bad products and reporting such to SON for the riddance of unscrupulous elements out of the market.

The SON boss also commended the association for serving Nigerians with quality products, saying that if not for associations such as this the country would have been dominated with foreigners cornering the market with inferior imports thereby ruining our economy.

The DG subsequently restated that his presence at the market was to pass just one important message to the association and that is “SON is your friend and will continue to support you because the people who are spoiling your businesses are our common enemies and we will make sure that they do not succeed in spoiling your businesses,” he assured.

The SON boss remarked that “anybody with SON certification or who has genuine products does not have a problem with SON it is only the people who are destroying your business by trying to counterfeit certified products with lower quality or importers or manufacturers of substandard electrical and electronic products are the ones we are after.

Salim further advised the association to always insist on quality products, warning that substandard electronics and electrical products are life endangering products that destroy lives and property.

According to him “We are not here to destroy your businesses but to collaborate with you and that is why we are asking that you provide an office for us in your new secretariat so that when their issues on products quality and standards within the market SON can easily intervene”.

In his remarks Executive Chairman of EDAN Ichie Fabian Ezeorjika, said the market leadership has put in place its own internal mechanism to checkmate the excesses of business persons who indulge in manufacturing, importation or exportation of sub-standard products.

According to him, EDAN is ready to uphold and implement government policies formulated to keep sub-standard products totally out of our markets and abide by the Organisation’s establishment act and regulations in order to complement already existing cordial relationship between both parties in boosting trade in Nigeria and indeed Africa as a whole.

L-R Chief of Staff Prof. Olobayo Kunle, DG SON Mallam Farouk Salim, Ichie Fabian Ezeorjika Chairman of EDAN and Chief Emeka Duru S S.A Special Duties on the high table

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