By Gilbert Ekugbe
“WE do not want these unscrupulous importers to flood this country with substandard products. We want the capacity utilization of Nigerian companies to improve and it can only be so when these substandard products are removed from the nation’s market. This is why we have stopped at nothing in getting everything that is suspected to be substandard out of the markets.”
These were the words of Osita Aboloma, Director -General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, during an enforcement exercise to different markets in Lagos.
The SON boss who was represented by the Director, Compliance, SON, Bede Obayi , said: “You can see the volumes of lubricants we have seized and they are all engine oil that has not been certified by SON and once they sell these products that have not been certified they will end up knocking the engines of motor vehicles and other equipment. Any time you use this kind of substandard lubricants, your engine is at risk and also the environment. Today, we have started the evacuation of this non-blended engine oil that is in circulation so that Nigerians will get value for their hard-earned money spent. This is just the starting off of the operation to remove non-complying lubricant oil from circulation. SON is out to make Nigeria safe for everybody,”
According to him, the special raid is targeted at anywhere we suspect that there are substandard products and this is why embarked on the raiding of warehouses and markets where suspected substandard lubricants are sold to unsuspecting consumers in this country.
According to him: ‘’this is just the starting point and we have not gotten to where we want to be, he said.