10 November 2012

Nigeria: Alaba Market Has Cut Sale of Substandard Goods By 60 Percent Says PRO

Lagos — The Electrical Dealers Association of Nigeria (EDAN), Alaba International Market, Ojo, Lagos, says it has achieved 60 per cent reduction in the sale of substandard products.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of EDAN, Mr Felix Apunonu, gave the assurance in an interview with journalists in Lagos on Saturday.

Apunonu said that the ban on importation of substandard goods had yielded positive results in the market.

He said many dealers on electrical appliances had stopped importation and sale of inferior ones for fear of having their goods seized by the relevant authorities.

The PRO added that officials of the association daily inspected goods coming into the market to ensure confiscation of substandard ones.

He also said that the establishment of a Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) desk in the market since 2011 had helped to reduce the influx of substandard products.

Apunonu, however, told reporters that although much progress had been made in the war against sale of inferior goods, the association desired an end to it.

He, therefore, urged importers and traders to shun fake products.

An officer on the SON desk, Mr Ifeanyi Otu, said that an end to importation of fake products could only be achieved when every trader cooperated with SON.

He expressed regrets that in spite of the fight against importation and sale of inferior products, some dealers devised strategies to smuggle in such goods.

He appealed to dealers and consumers to promote the sale of quality goods as being campaigned by SON.


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