SON destroys N3b worth of sub-standard products
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has announced that is has confiscated and destroyed products worth about N3 billion across the country over the last six months.
Director General of SON, Dr. Joseph Odumodu made the disclosure at a National Sensitisation Workshop for the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS), held in Abuja Monday.
Odumodu said already, the SON warehouse is full of products ready for destruction, urging Nigerians to stop importing fake products into the country, because they end up wasting the country’s collective wealth.
According to him, “these products that were brought from abroad were not bought with fake dollars.
“They were bought with our wealth, our collective wealth. So it is not our strategy that we should destroy them, indeed our strategy is stop the, from coming into Nigeria as much as possible and then if for example they come in, you now have to take the action so that you can stop people from having access to those products and then stop the notorious effects”.
The DG however said the agency is achieving some level of success in its drive to rid the nation of fake and sub standard goods
“Things are looking up. When we started, I started this job in 2011, and I can tell you that the numbers has improved tremendously. And even most importantly, the average consumer is aware.
“The numbers, we did a statistics and we got numbers of about 80 per cent, today we are looking at half of that number and I can tell you that at the end of this year, we will be looking at about thirty per cent. And that is just the first step, when we get to thirty, the level of reduction will be much faster.