SON destroys N450m worth of substandard cables, others in Lagos

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has destroyed fake and substandard products valued at over N450 million, in a move to prevent access to such items in the markets and discourage activities of importers of such products.

The Director-General, SON, Osita Aboloma, explained that SON will not relent in its fight against fake and substandard goods in the country, stressing that the products were intercepted and impounded by the agency’s compliance and enforcement team located at various points across the country particularly in Lagos.

Represented by the Director, Inspectorate and Compliance, Engr. Obiora Manafa, the SON Chief Executive during the destruction which took place at the agency’s warehouse at Amuwo Odofin, Lagos State, pointed out that substandard goods ‎are dangerous to lives, properties and the nation’s economic health, calling on all stakeholders including the media to join in the campaign to get rid of such products wherever they exist in the country.

“We are destroying these substandard products worth over N450 million.  These products have been labelled substandard after we carried out due diligence and conformity assessment to requisite standards on them,” he said.

According to him, the products all failed the conformity and integrity tests, maintaining that the decision to destroy them was to save lives and property of Nigerians who may fall victims and prey to these killer-products if allowed to circulate.

“The substandard products we are destroying today ranges from electric cables, bulbs, tyres, shaving sticks and aluminium coils among others. We decided to perform the destruction exercise on two sites, our Amuwo Odofin facility and the Epe dump site. We are destroying especially the expired tyres and bad aluminium coils at our‎ Ogba warehouse. The tyres and coils require specialised mechanical equipment as well as special handling for their destruction as their particles could be recycled and useful for other industrial purposes,” the Director General added.

He noted that the destruction is a clear signal to all and sundry particularly purveyors, importers and dealers in fake and substandard products that Nigeria would no longer be a ready dumping ground for substandard products.

“SON is ever ready to clean the markets and the Nigerian environment of substandard products. We will continue to impound and destroy such products and go after their importers, manufacturers and dealers in accordance with the provisions of SON Act 14 of 2015,” he assured.In his words “This is one of the ways to protect the Nigerian economy to allow local industries to thrive. We insist that Nigeria will never be a dumping ground for substandard products from any part of the world.”

The destruction exercise was carried out in collaboration with sister regulatory agencies like Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) and the National Environmental Standards Regulatory Agency (NESREA) as well the Security Agencies.

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