By Godfrey Bivbere
THE Federal Government is set to sign an agreement with the Republic of China to stem the influx of fake and substandard goods into the country.
Disclosing this in Lagos yesterday, Director General of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, Mr. Paul Angya said part of the agreement is for the Chinese government to impress it on her citizens to stop the production of such products for Nigerian businessmen and to report importers who ask for such products, as well as give intelligence report on such consignments that leave China unnoticed.
He added that the Minister of Trade and Investment had directed SON to do whatever it takes to clean up the system, adding “the minister gave us a directive to go and clean up the system and we intend to do it in three months.”
He stressed that 99 percent of all fake and substandard goods are imported, while about 60 percent of such goods get shipped into the country before the process for their form “M” begins, making it difficult for SON to checkmate them through the SON Certification Assessment Programme, SONCAP.
He said as a result of the abuse which Electronic Provisional Clearance Certificate, EPCC, was subjected to, SON had stopped its use, but was forced to re-introduce EPCC between April 28 and July 24, when it will be stopped finally.