By Gilbert Ekugbe
“WE have held them down for the past six months. We are processing them for ratification, and when necessary, it would be destroyed- subject to the final order from the court that would be made any moment from now. We want to assure Nigerians that the battle to rid Nigeria of substandard cables is an ongoing battle which we are fighting with the cable manufacturers of Nigeria.”
These are the words of Osita Aboloma, Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, when he took members of the Cable Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (CAMAN) to two residential buildings in Ajangbadi area of Lagos where the agency uncovered over N8 billion worth of Nigerian cloned cables recently.
He said that the unscrupulous importers usually target cloned Nigerian cables already certified by SON which are deceptively repackaged by importers so as to deceive the unsuspecting Nigerians.
He added that more of such firms would be uncovered courtesy of its proactive surveillance across the country.
Mr George Onafowokan the Managing Director /CEO, Coleman Wires and Cables responded on behalf of the local cable manufacturers and said: “We are not helping anybody by keeping quiet because anybody’s family here can be a victim of the houses burnt by these substandard cables. We have to report to Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) whenever we see any unwholesome practices by these purveyors.”