The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) says the Federal Government has lost about N4 billion to fraudsters issuing fake Conformity Assessment Programme (CAP) certificates to importers. Mr Louise Njoku, the Regional Director, North Central Zone of the organisation, made this known in Minna on Tuesday, after a familiarisation tour of some industries/factories in Minna and Suleja in Niger State.
“It is the issue of those faking SON CAP certificate, which is a clearing document for imported products. Three principal suspects have been apprehended and they are being prosecuted in the court of law. If you calculate the revenue the Federal Government had lost for the two years they have been faking this certificate, it is about N4 billion,” said.
He said that if they were found guilty by the court, they might be jailed for 21 years.
On the Nigeria Mark of Quality (NIS) award scheduled for Abuja between October 29 and October 30, Njoku said that it would be awarded to the product that deserved it.
The regional director said that the factories he visited in Minna and Suleja were ready to collaborate with his organisation to maintain their high standards or to improve on them. Earlier, Mr Yahya Bukar, the organisation’s Head in Niger, said that the visit was aimed at assisting the factories and industries to achieve set standards.
“Where you are getting it wrong, we correct you and where you are getting it right we assist you maintain standards,” he said.
The factories and industries visited in Minna include Hydro Group of Companies, Maizube Farms and Shelter Clay Industry. Factories visited in Suleja include Excellent Foam Industry, Fine Matt Paint Industry and Concord Foam Industry.