“For us to win the battle against substandard and life-endangering products, we must agree to do the right things. If you set out from the outset to cheat Nigerians, it will be difficult for you to get it right; that is why we are here to preach that we all imbibe the culture of standardisation to do things the right way.”
Osita Aboloma , Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) stated this during a stakeholders’ forum of SON, Importers, Dealers and the Balogun Business Association (BBA), Trade Fair Complex in Lagos, on the dangers of substandard and life-endangering products in circulation.
Addressing the gathering, SON D-G noted that majority of importers of substandard goods into Nigeria, officials of regulatory agencies involved in clearance at the entry points as well as the distributors and retailers of the products are Nigerians, not foreign Nationals.
“Thus, the solution to eradicating the presence of such life-endangering products from our markets lie with us as responsible and patriotic citizens of Nigeria”, he said.
He urged the Balogun Business Association members to imbibe self-regulation through setting up a standards club to combat the presence of substandard products in the market and ensure greater patronage by Consumers, following a reputation of dealing in good quality products.
Responding, the President of BBA, Chief Alex Obi Igbokwe declared his Association’s preparedness to collaborate with SON to rid the market of substandard products, which according to him is affecting the market’s perception negatively.
He offered a furnished accommodation within the market for the establishment of a SON Market Desk to facilitate products registration, guide consumers on quality of products and receive complaints for redress.
Standards Club for BBA Members
Chief Igbokwe stated that the process for the setting up of a standards club within the market would commence immediately and expressed appreciation to the SON Chief Executive and Management for accepting the invitation to the market for a the sensitization programme.
He commended Mr. Aboloma for his committed efforts at drastically reducing the prevalence of substandard products in Nigerian Markets and promised that his association would continue to support SON to achieve the objective.