4 July 2012

Nigeria: Fake Products Worth N3 Billion Removed From Market - SON

The Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) yesterday said that since last year when it launched its zero tolerance campaign, it has removed about N3 billion worth of substandard products in circulation.

The Director General of SON Dr Joseph Odumodu said in Abuja at a media briefing in follow up to the two weeks ultimatum given traders to removed all sub-standard products from their custody that the ceased products ranges from cables, children toys, automatic voltage regulators, tyres etc.

"Infact, in tyres, we have so far removed and destroy over five million tyres but we know that even in the markets we still have over forty million tyres that should not be in used and we are still chasing after them," he said.

He said that despite the request for extension of time by the traders, there is no going back at the two weeks ultimatum because they have been given enough time to clean up.

"Last week we had what I will describe as market storm in Abuja, Lagos, Onitsha, Port Harcourt and Aba at the same day same time. We had discussions with market leaders and we reminded them about our mandate and the fact that we are committed to ensure that we deliver on that mandate.

"At that meeting we got the corporation of most market leaders but some of them once again asked for time to prepare and clean up their acts and our answer is that we have given enough time because a lot of Nigerians are dying from using substandard products, a lot of buildings are collapsing for using substandard products.

"The point I will like to make is that by the 16th of July,it would have been two weeks and two days from the dateline we gave all the market people all over the country and what we are saying is that from that day, you most removed all offensive products and they know it because even here in Abuja some of them were challenging us that if you come that day, you will meet us fire for fire and we shall meet them fire for fire," he said.

He said that they have the support of the President and the Ministers of Trade and Investments, adding that if they are not allow to carry out the raid by the marketers, they will close down the markets.

He said that their new bill has passed second reading at the National Assembly and will be ready in the next three to four months.

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