SON Destroys N500m Worth of Fake Products

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(Last Updated On: 2016-11-26)

Abolaji Adebayo

 

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON again destroyed over N500million worth of various fake products at Epe dump site yesterday.

This according to the agency was part of its effort to get  rid of substandard products, which has been seriously effecting the economy of the nation.

The products, which included handset, diaper, shaving sticks, cables, etc with fake NIS aproval label, were confiscated across the country in about five containers.

Addressing journalists at the destruction point, the Director General, SON, Mr. Osita Aboloma, said those products failed all the Standards/Quality test carried out on them.

He said the agency would not rest until the country is free of fake products.

He explained that the producers of those confiscated products went far to inscribe SON product approval logo on those products in order to deceive the consumers, while some of the products, especially the cable, were even labelled Nigerian wire and Cable being the fact that Nigerian wire and cable have been adjudged the best internationally.

Aboloma said apart from affecting the well-being/heath of the unsuspected consumers of those products, they also ruin the economy of the country as the local manufacturers went into unnecessary competition with them.

The SON boss informed that the war against substandard products is necessary and requires urgency in order to make the effort of the government on local production development and economic diversification fruitful.

He added that the fake products must be flushed out the economy as the nation is trying to move from mon-product to multi-products economy, saying this would pave way for the local production to thrive.

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He therefore called on the general public especially the consumers to join in the war agaibst fake products, urging them to report to the agency any time they come across fake product in Nigerian markets.

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Meanwhile, he declared that those involved in the production of such goods would arrested, tried in the court of law and jailed if found guilty.

 

 

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