By Chris Alu
Hewlett Packard an IT company also known as (HP) has entered into partnership with the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) and other government agencies to fight the growing rate of fake technology products in the country.
Speaking at a one day Anti-Counterfeit summit organized by the HP in Abuja, the regional investigation manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Geoffrey Eyles, stated that the decision to collaborate SON and other law enforcement agencies was to have a synergy that will help stamp out counterfeit products in the country. According to him Nigeria was becoming a target of fake ICT products because of its huge market and is equally killing the image of companies that are producing the original products. Eyles said that HP would not negotiate with counterfeiters who are bent on tarnishing its image, but rather collaborates to stamp them out of the market.
He explained that fake products often damage brands of goods produced originally by the manufacturers and also bring negative effects on the company as well made consumers to lost confidence on the products which lead to of revenue. In his remark, Dr.Joseph Odumodu director general standard organization of Nigeria, stated that counterfeiter have rake in a
total sum of 100 billion naira from consumer and that the regulatory laws in the country are not properly enforce to stem the tide.
According to him counterfeiting is a disease that need to be forcefully ejected out of the market which has contributed in killing the economy and reputation of the original companies. He therefore calls on HP to set up new measures in their fight against counterfeiting products, adding that SON will do its best to help them in the fight.
It will be recalled that last month the international telecommunication union met in Geneva the capital of Switzerland to address the growing problem of counterfeit of ICT products and devices, which is adversely affecting all stakeholders in the field such as vendors, governments, operators and consumers to mention a few.