SON confiscates fake products worth N300bn in 2017

Director General, Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Ostia Aboloma, says the organisation confiscated fake and sub-standard products worth N300 billion across the country in 2017.
Aboloma, who was represented by Sunday Galadima, a director in the organisation, made this known, on Wednesday, while speaking at the opening of a one-day stakeholders’ sensitisation meeting in Yola.
According to him, the issue of fake and sub-standard products posed a grave danger to lives and economy of Nigeria.
“We have confiscated fake and sub-standard products worth over N300 billion across the country in 2017.
“The aim of this workshop is to educate stakeholders, both the public and private sectors, on the need to work together.
“The work of standardisation and quality assurance requires the involvement of all to ensure safety of lives and economy of our country,” he said.
Aboloma said that the organisation had embarked on arraignment and trial of some suspects linked with the impounded goods in various courts across the country.
He noted that the organisation has commenced the enforcement of its Act number 14 of 2015 to attain economic development .
He also explained that the organisation had commenced intensive patrol and search of counterfeiters across the country.
He appealed to stakeholders to give the organisation maximum support to ensure that only standard and quality products were allowed to be imported or produced in the country.
In his remarks, Adegoke Adetunji, Commander, Federal Riad Safety Corps (FRSC), Yola, warned the general public to avoid using spare tyres known as ‘Tokunbo’, saying “most accidents being recorded were linked to bursted tyres.”
Adetunji said that the FRSC would give maximum support to the SON to make Nigeria free of sub-standard tyres.

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