The Federal Government through the Standards Organisation of Nigeria has partnered Phones and Allied Product Dealers Association (PAPDA) at the Ikeja Computer Village, Lagos to curtail influx of substandard mobile phone products into the country.
The regulatory body also gave importers up to 30 days to commence proper registration of their Information Technology products.
During a stakeholders’ meeting held at the IT market to create awareness on the importance of electronic product registration, the Director-General of SON, Mr. Osita Aboloma, observed that there had recently been a disturbing influx of substandard phones, computers and accessories into the country.
He said the organisation had also received several complaints about cloned and counterfeit IT products.
Aboloma, who was represented by the Director, Product Certification, SON, Mr. Tersoo Orngudwem, emphasised that the need to ensure standardisation across all segments of the economy was in line with the recent executive order by the Federal Government in which SON was mandated to ensure strict compliance with quality of products including phones and accessories, whether produced locally or imported into the Nigerian market.
Aboloma added, “These products and others in the sector have direct impact on the socio-political life of the country but have high risk if not manufactured to desired standard specifications. Hence, they are classified by SON as life-endangering products.
Apart from ensuring the standard of the products, Aboloma also said that SON would ensure that consumers had value for money spent on the mobile devices.
Aboloma stated that the resultant effect of using substandard IT products could not be quantified, saying that they posed danger to the health, life and properties of buyers and users of the products.
“The current administration is determined to pursue zero tolerance on substandard products and there is an immediate need for Nigeria to improve positively on business strategies in the area of local production and strengthening of quality products that add value to the economy.”
“All importers of branded phones must within this period liaise with the SON product registration unit to work out modalities of factory inspections by SON officials in countries where the phones and accessories are manufactured to ascertain and certify their qualities before shipment into the country,” he said.
PAPDA President, Mr. Godfry Hyke Nwosu, while commending SON for having had a good working relationship with the group in the last six years, said the session had been organised to further provide a forum for its members to ask questions directly from SON officials on issues bordering on their business.
He added that phone dealers were committed to consolidating the relationship that would sanitise the IT market in the country.
“Working with SON, we will always ensure that traders sell quality IT products that  meet Nigeria and international specifications to our customers in order to guarantee value for money”, he said.