Standards Organisation of Nigeria(SON) has issued a six months ultimatum to importers of Galvanized Corrugated Steel Roofing Sheets to stop bringing in the commodity by December 31, 2009, even as it directed local manufacturers to comply strictly to the directive within the same period.
â€œAll shipment of galvanized corrugated steel roofing sheets of 0.18mm into the country either as raw materials or finished products must end by 31st December 2009, while a deadline of February 28, 2010 has been set for arrival of all such consignments,â€ said SON DG, Dr. John Akanya.
According to him, this directive is to pave the way for the introduction of more durable andÂ higher standard of galvanized corrugated steel roofing sheets with a minimum thickness of 0.2mm from March 2010.
â€œSONâ€™s market survey Unit have discovered the recent importation albeit through unapproved entry points of Galvanized corrugated Steel Roofing Sheets of less than 0.18milimetres thickness which is the minimum acceptable specification in the Nigerian Industrial Standard (NIS 180:2004) Laboratory test and analysis have shown that some of the products bought in the market have as low as 0.15mm thickness, thus, they are easily susceptible to leakages, and discolouration due to corrosion and tear,â€ said Akanya. This is unacceptable as it is denying consumers of value for their hard earned money as envisaged by the specifications in the standard and thus depleting the individual and the nationâ€™s economic resources.
SON has concluded an arrangement to arrest the situation by setting up a task force to comb markets nationwide for the substandard galvanized corrugated steel roofing sheets, enhanced vigilance at the nationâ€™s entry points and spot checks on all local manufacturers to apprehend those who may be indulging in the unpatriotic act locally.
He advised manufacturers and importers of the product to adhere strictly to the directive stating that any Galvanized corrugated Steel Roofing Sheets of less than 0.2mm found coming into the country either as raw material or finished products, or found in the market, factory or warehouse after February 2010 shall be confiscated. In a related development, the Agency said it has also uncovered substandard Long Span Roofing Sheets in the markets. The minimum specified thickness in the Nigerian Industrial Standards for Profile Roofing Sheets (NIS 448:2004) popularly referred to as Long Span is 0.55milimetres but the organisation has discoveredÂ the presence of profile roofing sheets of 0.27mm and 0.35mm in the markets.
These are not in conformity with the specification in the standard, and are unacceptable to SON, and a disservice to the Nigerian consumers. He stated that SON Enforcement officials at all entry points as well as in the state offices nationwide have been put on alert to carry out regular market survey to apprehend all substandard Profile Aluminum Roofing Sheets found in the markets or coming into the country henceforth to safe guard the interest of the Nigerian Consumers at large and effectively implement the specifications in the standard. Sister regulatory agencies have also been alerted on the issue to provide support in the surveillance and market survey for the substandard Long Span Aluminum Roofing Sheets.