By Franklin Ocheneyi
“Within the last few months, we have confiscated fake and substandard products worth over
N300 billion across the country. We have since embarked on arraignment and trial at the various
courts- of some of the suspects linked with the impounded goods”.
That is how Mr Osita Aboloma, Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON)
described the big hauls of seizures which the agency made recently through its enforcement
teams across the country.
Speaking during a sensitization workshop organized by SON in Yola, Adamawa State capital,
with the theme SON Acts 2015: Catalyst for Economic Development, he said: “The SON ACT is
a revolutionary document which we are deploying to carry out massive measures towards
delivering on our mandate to sanitise the Nigerian landscape- markets, everywhere- of
Represented by Adamawa State’s Coordinator of SON-Mr Sunday Galadima, he assured
stakeholders that the regulatory agency remained unrelenting in the anti-substandard products
Alhaji Ahmed Jarma, the Chairman, North- East zone of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria
(MAN ) said: “We, therefore, appeal to all to be aware of the SON ACT and comply with its
provisions-particularly areas dealing with how operators should do the right thing for their
businesses to grow”.
According to Jarma, the consequences of substandard products in the country can be so
devastating that only mutual collaborations would do.
“Substandard products are everybody’s enemy, yet people engage in peddling them for selfish
economic gains at the expense of national and individual economic interest,” he said.
He assured that MAN would continue to work with SON to ensure that sub-standard products are
completely removed from the nation’s environment.