By Gilbert Ekugbe
“Nigerians should watch out for the Product Authentication Mark (PAM) which would be introduced in February 1st 2018.
Osita Aboloma, Director -General, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) gave this hint during a sensitization exercise on the dangers of substandard products held in Obinagu Community, in Anambra State, tagged “Pain and loss, the hallmark of substandard products”
According to him, PAM would be the ultimate factor in checkmating the prevalence of substandard products in the market.
Aboloma, stated that substandard products pose lot of dangers to individuals and the society, stressing that so many accidents and fire outbreaks have been linked to the use of substandard products.
Also speaking at the event, the Country Programme Officer, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Ben Odoemena, said nations who have value for quality life have set standards for every aspect of human process, pointing out that SON creates standards and, or adopts internationally acclaimed standards for products and processes all for collective interests of the society and the country at large.
“The message is simple. Reject substandard and enjoy quality life. However, unscrupulous elements in our society in their unwholesome sharp practices have flooded our markets with substandard products and they will continue to succeed if we continue to patronize them,” he warned.