The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has destroyed over N5 billion worth of sub-standard goods in 2014
SON’s Head of Inspectorate and Compliance, Bede Obayi speaking during the destruction of substandard products worth 500M at the Shagamu dump site, Ogun State, said most of the products were seized from various ports and the borders, while some were smuggled items seized in some states.
He said it is disheartening to note that despite efforts by the agency to enlighten the citizenry about the negative effects of substandard products to the economy and Nigerians, importers still engaged in the illicit trade.
Obayi, said the move by SON is to show its zero tolerance for substandard products, and also serve as a deterrent to unscrupulous importers who do not mean well for the nation. “We are also going to intensify our effort to ensure that these products do not find their way into the Nigerian market,” and also warn importers to desist from the act.
“You are all aware that these goods are imported by people who do not mean well for the country. We have told them that if they must bring in goods, it must be goods that meet the minimum requirements of the Nigerian Industrial Standard (NIS) that will give consumers value for their hard earned money.”
Speaking on the current destruction, he said the goods are worth more than N500 million.He listed the products to include, electric armored cables, tyres, expired supermarket breakfast cereals, extension sockets, mini-led flashlights, rechargeable lamps, shaving sticks, mobile phones, stabilisers and engine oil, amongst others.
“We are destroying this huge volume of goods, but creating jobs for people overseas because by the time we destroy these goods, we get nothing but economic loss. We are not happy destroying these products, but if we can save the life of one Nigerian by burning these products, we have done something for this country and this is exactly the core mandate of our agency by showing zero tolerance for substandard goods in this country.
Obayi said SON has used many fora to educate importers and other stakeholders on the right way to import products into the country, besides publishing in newspapers the steps to import products into the country.
Also, the SON Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP) is in place and it is still running, while its e-registration programme is also active to help trace each product to the importer and effectively monitor imports.
“We have told importers times without number that they should approach SON to get the right standards for the products they are bringing into this country so that when they come in, we will not in any way tamper with their goods, but ensure easy access into ýtheir warehouses,” he added.