By Naomi Uzor
THE Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and Electrical Dealers Association of Nigeria (EDAN), yesterday, agreed to collaborate on checkmating infiltration of substandard electrical products into the market. This is even as the agency destroyed substandard cables and other goods worth billions of Naira.
Addressing members of EDAN on a sensitization visit to Alaba International Market, Lagos, Director General of SON, Mr. Osita Aboloma, said the collaboration was needed to eradicate substandard electrical products in the country.
He said,“We need your assistance and full cooperation to make this work. Standard of products changes and is dynamic, that is why we are here to enlighten you on the latest standardization and how best to go about it and take you to the next level. We want you to have the standard so that people will emulate you.”
Aboloma urged the association not to sell or deal with what they cannot use so as to curb the menace of electrical fire outbreak in the country due to substandard products.
“We will do our work as SON, but we all need to work together. You have to register your products and distinguish the chaffs from the grains. We are here to protect you if you do the right thing. If you don’t comply with the standards we will seize or destroy your goods,” he warned.
In his remark, Executive Chairman, EDAN, Ichie Febian Ezeorjika, said many people do not have the technical know-how in the business but are driven by desire to make money, not minding safety of life and property and satisfying customers, as such they import or produce products that are substandard.
“We in EDAN have been collaborating with SON and other similar agencies. Apart from internal mechanisms put in place to checkmate infiltrations of substandard electrical products into the market, we have taken bold steps to ensure that substandard products are eradicated,” he declared.
Meanwhile, SON destroyed seven containers stocked with substandard cables, cosmetics, and other goods worth billions of Naira in Lagos.
SON DG explained that the containers were handed over to SON by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS). He said the collaboration was one of the ways the standards body is combating the preponderance of fake and substandard goods to the barest minimum.
“We are destroying these goods to safeguard the lives of Nigerians. We got over seven containers of substandard containers based on the strong collaboration with NCS. We are embarking on war against substandard cables because they are live endangering products and also a drain to the economy. These substandard cables also prevent our Nigerian cables from being patronised,” he stated.
Aboloma disclosed that another 16 containers suspected to be stocked with substandard products have been handed over to the agency for mandatory test and conformity assessment, saying that the goods will be destroyed if they fail to meet the required standards and the importers prosecuted.