* As SON begins evacuation of uncertified lubricants
By Naomi Uzor & Prince Okafor
THE Federal Government is set to adopt African standards on sugar and sugar products as well as develop Nigeria Industrial Standards, NIS, for glucose and sucrose.
Towards this end, a technical committee meeting on sugar and sugar products was held at the Standards Organisation of Nigeria , SON, operational headquarters, Lekki, Lagos, recently to consider the adoption of some African Standards under the auspices of African Organization for Standardization (ARSO) and the development of other Nigeria Industrial Standards.
In a related development, the SON said that it has began raids on markets and warehouses nationwide to mop up substandard lubricants. Speaking at the meeting for the adoption of standard on sugar and glucose, Mr. Osita Aboloma, Director General, SON, said the current trends in the processing of sugar has necessitated the elaboration of new standards because the quality of raw materials along the food value chain, the technological procedures and the handling determines to a large extent, as well as guarantees the quality of the finished products.
“It is therefore imperative for Nigeria to develop standards that take into cognizance these salient factors in a bid to forestall threat to life, waste of resources and to boost the quality of products both for local consumption and exports”, he stated.
Also speaking at an enforcement exercise to rid the nation of fake lubricants in Lagos, Aboloma, who was represented by the Director, Compliance, SON, Bede Obayi, said the move is imperative in safeguarding the lives of unsuspecting consumers in the country, while also boosting Nigeria’s industrialization drive.
He stated that the impact of fake and counterfeited lubricants on the economy poses threat to the nation’s manufacturing industry, maintaining that the use of lubricants touches on all vehicles, industrial machines of various types, hydraulic systems, electric transformers and other things.
‘‘It is obvious that most of our daily activities depend directly or indirectly on use of lubricants and it is therefore, the massive evacuation of substandard lubricants cannot be over flogged,’’ he said.