The Standard Organization of Nigeria, SON, Ekiti State Office has launched a campaign against substandard products through the first destruction exercise in Ado-Ekiti.
In his address at the Ilokun waste disposal site, Ado-Ekiti, where the public destruction of the seized substandard products took place, the State Head, SON, Mr Rilwan Adebola Fashina, described the exercise as an initiative in furtherance of SON’s mandate as enshrined in its enabling Act No. 56 of 1971 as amended. A process that starts with market survey of the products in question, inventory and keeping hold on the suspected products while sampling for laboratory tests and analysis to ascertain their conformity with the specification/requirements of the relevant Nigerian industrial standards and seizure/evacuation when the products are confirmed to be substandard, this process has been carefully followed to this concluding end, Mr Rilwan explained.
The products that were destroyed includes the following: substandard Electric cables, tyres, expired supermarket products including breakfast cereals, snacks, detergents and soap, margarine, vegetable oil etc that worth N8.5 million by SON’s conservative estimate. Mr Rilwan used the occasion to educate the public on minimum precaution that should be taken while taking a purchasing decision, adding that the exercise is a fulfillment of their decision to assure Ekiti people of SON’s preparedness to protect them at all time from the danger and hazard associated with the distribution, sales and use of substandard product.
Also, to invite the patriots in Ekiti to join their campaign for zero tolerance to substandard products by acting as whistle blower and providing them with classified information when substandard products are noticed, also to enable the people of Ekiti State appreciate that quality is cheaper in the long run as it provides for safety and durability and also give value for money.
He reiterated the commitment of SON to Federal Government’s Transformation Agenda by using the instrument of standardization through the power conferred on the organization under its enabling Act to enter any premises within Nigeria where products are being produced, stored or sold and remove all substandard products or raw materials for their production. Hence, improving lives through standard.