SON SPREADS DRAGNET IN NATIONWIDE CLAMP DOWN ON SUBSTANDARD ROOFING SHEETS

Following on the heels of the recent massive seizure of substandard roofing sheets worth millions of Naira in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, the
SON Special Task Force on Substandard roofing sheets seized another large quantity of substandard low gauge corrugated and aluminium roofing sheets in Ogba, Lagos.
Speaking after the raid, the Director Inspectorate and Compliance Department(ICD), Engr. Obiora Manafa said
the task force has a 13 point terms of reference from the Director General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria to eradicate substandard roofing sheets from the Nigerian Markets. The efforts of the Task force have started yielding results, according to him.
According to Manafa, “the roofing sheets worth about N38 million were from a warehouse operated by Mukam Nigeria Limited and tests carried out with the micro-meter screw gauge proved that the products fell short of the minimum thickness of 0.15mm for corrugated roofing sheets and 0.4mm for aluminium roofing sheets respectively”.
The Director ICD declared that the enforcement activity is ongoing nationwide as SON is going into every nook and cranny of the country in search of substandard roofing sheets.
“Whereever found, they will be confiscated and destroyed after due process, while the offending companies and individuals will be prosecuted. When the seized low-gauge roofing sheets can be recycled, the culprits will take responsibility for the cost”, he said.
He further opined that “Nigerian consumers are being short-changed and are not getting value for their money because once you make use this type of roofing sheets any little wind can blow it off, therefore SON is appealing to Nigerian consumer, importers and local manufacturers to adhere to standards to avoid ugly situations”.
Manafa, SON appealed to importers, local manufactures and consumers to always seek SON’s advice before embarking on such ventures, by approaching it’s state offices to purchase the required standards so as to comply to the requirement for roofing sheets and not waste scarce resources.
In a similar vein, the Head Surveillance Investigation and Monitoring (SIM), Mr.  Suleiman Isa revealed that SON has been inundated with complaints from various quarters about the quality of roofing sheets in the country.
According to him, a lot of awareness programs have been carried out on patronage of quality roofing sheets that meet the standards requirements but low price consideration still drive consumers to purchase substandard products that do not give value for money.
He posited that seemingly cheap products cost much more in the long run due to the low quality while quality products cost less by giving value for money and durability.
Manafa appealed to Nigerian consumers to lend a hand to SON in eliminating the menace of substandard products by providing information to SON on manufacturers, warehouses and importers dealing in substandard roofing sheets.


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