By Miriam Humbe
Following myriads of complaints from consumers in and around Suleja, Niger State, a team of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) officials with support from the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) has sealed no fewer than 15 electronics outlets in Suleja.
The owners of the shops have been invited to SON office to clarify the quality status of their respective products.
Speaking with journalists during the operation, the SON Director General, Osita Aboloma Esq. lamented the series of complaints to the Organisation on products faking, wrong labelling, false claims and lack of value for money by many consumers in and around Suleja.
Represented by the Niger State Coordinator, Engr. Sunday Yashim, the SON Chief Executive disclosed that his men had intervened in many of the complaints to get redress for some consumers while they also embarked on market surveillance which confirmed the standards infractions as being deliberate in many cases.
He said the objective of the standards enforcement activity was to protect consumers by mopping up suspected substandard products particularly television sets around Suleija.
Engr. Yashim stated that further investigations would be carried out on the products in the sealed outlets including necessary tests and analysis to determine the quality status as well as labelling requirements to ascertain claims.
The SON Coordinator stated that many of the imported electronic products are suspected not to be registered with the Organisation for quality verification and traceability as required by the SON Act and invited the owners to come forward with documents to prove otherwise.
He alluded to taking inventory of products in the sealed outlets and warned the owners to ensure strict compliance or face prosecution in accordance with the SON Act No. 14 of 2015