Daily Trust (Abuja)

12 July 2012

Nigeria: LUPAN, SON Parley to Check Substandard, Adulterated Products

Producers of lubricants on Monday raised fresh alarm over the rate at which adulterated and fake lubricant products are being sold in the Nigerian markets, warning that this development portends danger to users, the nation's economy and could cripple the local industry if urgent steps were not taken to arrest the trend.

This call was made when the Lubricant Producers Association of Nigeria led by the vice chairman, Alhaji Ado Mustapha Muhammed, who is also the Chairman/CEO AMMASCO Oil accompanied by other members of the executive council paid a courtesy visit to the Director General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Joseph Odumodu.

Odumodu while receiving the members said SON was embarking on registration of all products including oil lubricants in the markets within the next few months.

He said this is part of deliberate measures to sanitize the market, to ensure standards are adhered to by manufacturers and that consumers have value for their money.

During a session with LUPAN in Lagos, Odomodu agreed with the executive council that the nation's economy was being threatened by the twin problems of fake/ substandard and adulterated products, whether they are imported or produced locally.

"There are standards and we are ready to enforce it, I can assure you. We have launched the zero tolerance campaign, and for us it is a new beginning," Odumodu said.

While addressing the meeting, the Executive Secretary of LUPAN, Emeka Obidike, reiterated their concerns over what he called threat to the lubricant industry by indiscriminate importation of substandard lubricants and adulteration of member's products.

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