Nongovernmental and civil society organisations in the country have been called upon to be at the forefront of educating Nigerian consumers on the dangers of using substandard goods that are locally made or imported. Damian Agbanelo, a former Director with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, made the call during the launch of Improved and Healthy Living Development Initiative, an NGO in Enugu.
“We believe that improved awareness campaigns, driven by civil society organisations on the role and management of quality chain in the life cycle of a product will greatly reduce the influx of substandard imports and locally manufactured products in our markets,’ he said.
Mr. Agbanelo who is also the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the NGO, stated that Nigeria being the hub of trade and the destination of most imported products which are marketed in Nigeria, patronage of substandard goods by the uninformed consumers is an economic cankerworm which must be fought with every available administrative and legal instrument.
“There is need therefore for informed sensitisation of the citizenry so as to discourage the patronage of substandard products and by extension encourage Nigerians to develop the culture of buying ‘fit-for-use’ products made in Nigeria or imported.