16 January 2013

Nigeria: Cable Makers Urge SON Empowerment to Destroy Substandard Cables

Cable Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (CAMA) has called on the federal government to give express authorisation to the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to destroy any facility found to be warehousing substandard cable products.

National President of CAMA, Mr. Ifeanyi Uzodike, who made the call in a chat with LEADERSHIP said that the association was appreciative of the job that SON was doing, but for the agency to succeed in its efforts to rid the markets of substandard electric cables, the federal government would have to provide sufficient back-up needed for the agency.

According to him, such an authorisation would enable the SON to storm markets and indeed any other outlet in the country suspected to be supporting the sale and bringing in substandard products into the country.

Uzodike said that other stern measures that can be taken include prosecuting any customs officer found to have cleared cable goods of questionable quality.

He underscored the immense danger which the country faces when substandard products are allowed into the country; saying first is threat or actual loss of human lives and property, and in the long run, a big dent on the image of the country and its citizens.

Making specific reference to substandard cable seizures as was rampant last year, he said it was nothing short of sabotage given that it not only drains national resources, but also hinders the efforts of the federal government to provide more jobs and better living conditions for its citizens.

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