The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), weekend, sealed up four (4) warehouses at Idu market , Abuja, out of a total of seven (7) examined for dealing in substandard aluminium roofing sheets.
Mr. Gambo Dimka, the SON Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Coordinator, who led the standards enforcement team, put the value of the suspected substandard aluminium roofing sheets at about N30million.
“They will be subjected to further tests and deployed to other appropriate uses where possible, in collaboration with the market leaders. Those found to be irredeemable will however be destroyed in line with the provisions of the SON Act”, said Mr. Dimka.
According to him, the raid was targeted at warehouses and shops suspected to be in possession of roofing sheets whose thickness diameters were lower than 0.4mm specified in the Nigerian Industrial Standard (NIS 488:2010) for profiled aluminium roofing sheets for roofing.
“About 59coils of aluminium roofing sheets of between 0.26mm and 0.3mm gauges were found in the shut warehouses. The exercise was aimed at ensuring compliance with the Nigeria Industrial Standard for the product and mitigating the economic losses occasioned by the patronage and use of substandard aluminium roofing sheets by unsuspecting consumers within the FCT,” he added.
Mr. Pascal Innocent, the Chairman of the Idu market union, expressed support for the standard compliance activity by SON.
He pleaded for collaboration in putting the suspected substandard aluminium roofing sheets to other uses and urged SON to organize more sensitization forums for the traders.