The Director General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Osita Aboloma, has warned against the sale of sub-standard products as the offence would, henceforth, attract a penalty of N1m.
Aboloma noted that it was part of the provisions of the SON Act No. 14 of 2015.
Speaking in Kano, at a stakeholders’ forum on the impact of the SON Act on consumers and businesses, Aboloma noted that the previous laws under which the organisation operated did not provide commensurate sanctions against offenders.
Represented at the forum by the Kano State Co-ordinator, Yunusa Mohammed, Aboloma was of the view that the new law had provided an enabling environment for the organisation and provision for suspected sub-standard products to be promptly removed from circulation, while verification tests were being conducted.
2015 SON act
The 2015 Act also provides for greater sanctions for purveyors of sub-standard products, the unlike provisions of previous repealed acts.
Faithful implementation of the new Act would guarantee increased sales to genuine manufacturers and importers, he said.
He also pointed out that there were provisions in the Act, which manufacturers, importers and other stakeholders must acquaint themselves with, so as to ensure necessary sensitisation and collaboration in the campaign against sub-standard products.
Aboloma added that only businessmen with unscrupulous tendencies had reasons to fear the implementation of the new Act, which, among others, allows SON to remove sub-standard products wherever they are found without any restraint, including judicial intervention for up to 90 days.