SON Decries Activities Of Brand Counterfeiters, Pledges To Step Up War Against Fake Products
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has frowned strongly against the continued influx of fake and substandard products into the country’s market.
The organization wants consumers to be vigilant when buying items as well as report any suspicious products to SON for immediate action
As part of the regulatory agency’s commitment to the safety of lives and consumer protection, the body has pledged to support the expansion of the manufacturing industry and the economic development of the country.
The Director-General of SON, Malam Farouk Salim, restated this during a recent oversight inspection of substandard goods seized across the country by SON’s Surveillance, Intelligence and Monitoring Unit (SIM) and the Inspectorate and Compliance (ICD), at the agency’s warehouse in Amuwo-Odofin area of Lagos State. The Director-General of SON, said: “We will gladly give all genuine manufacturers and importers the cooperation they need, and also lobby the legislature and other agencies in the country to give them the same backing.”
During the tour of the warehouse facility to ascertain the items recovered from unscrupulous producers and importers in the country, Salim declared that it was alarming to note a large number of substandard goods, ranging from tyres, electrical cables, roofing sheets to lubricants, following in the markets freely.
According to an inventory presented to the SON Chief Executive, a total of 2,717 bundles of substandard roofing sheets, 6,100 rolls of substandard cables, 200 pieces of stuffed tyres, and 634 cartons of substandard expired cigarettes were seized, awaiting court order and destruction, the organisation stated.
The Director-General stated that as a law-abiding agency, such an action requires a court order before destruction can be fully implemented so that everything is done according to due process as stipulated in the SON Act 52 of 2015.On this note, Malam Salim, therefore, urged consumers to be vigilant when buying items from the market and, to report any suspicious products to SON for immediate action to ensure the safety of consumers.
“We are not excited that people are wasting
money on fake products but we do relish the idea of making sure that substandard goods are totally out of the market,” the SON Chief stressed.