Members of the National Assembly (NASS) yesterday frowned at the lingering absence of the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) from the nation’s Ports since 2011, saying that this is paving way for substandard and prohibited goods to freely enter the country.
Enitan Dolapo-Badru, Chairman House Committee on Industry says the members are resolute at ensuring that the identified challenges are resolved soonest in order to expedite the return of SON back to the ports.
Dolapo -Badru, who led his Committee Members on an overnight function to SON laboratory in Lagos, lamented that the continued absence of SON officials who legally and professionally are more disposed to conducting test and physical examination of goods imported into the country has caused havoc to the economy and the loss of lives of innocent Nigerians who use such poor quality products.
“A lot of deaths from substandard products are recorded on a daily basis in the country. Tanker explosions, building collapses, fire resulting from poor electrical and electronics products, to mention a few.
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“It is unthinkable that iron rods, vehicular tyres, gas cylinders, generators, etc are being imported into the country and SON is being prevented from entering the Ports to certify the goods before they enter the markets. This is so sad,” he said.
He noted that the SiON Act 2015 made it mandatory for the agency to be at the ports.
He promised that his 18-Member Committee will do everything within their legislative powers to ensure that this anomaly is corrected.
“We cannot substitute ease of doing business with quality or standards of products imported into the country,” he said.
In picture: Malam Salim Farouk, SON DG
Also speaking at the occasion, Director – General of SON, Malam Farouk Salim stated that despite the many challenges of the agency, SON is doing everything to ensure goods consumed in the country are of international standards.