The Electrical Dealers Association of Nigeria (EDAN), Ojo, Alaba Market in Lagos has said that it would continue to partner with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) against substandard goods in a more rigorous manner this year.
Speaking with journalists in Lagos, Mr. Felix Apunonu, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the association, said that this year 2013 would mark a dynamic positive change in the market's activities.
Apunonu said that both bodies would work vigorously to combat the sale of substandard goods in the market.
According to him, the establishment of the SON Desk in the market had further assisted the association in its fight against the importation of substandard products. It could be recalled that the desk was established in August 2012 as part of efforts to check the influx of substandard goods into the Alaba International Market. Apunonu said that remarkable achievements had been recorded in the quest to combat the sale of fake goods since then.
"For importers who are repentant, the sale of such substandard products is a thing of the past. Sadly however, others have devised new strategies for bringing in such products, but with our vigilant team such persons will be fished out to face the consequence.
"So far in 2012, we made good progress in our mission, especially with the Memorandum of Understanding we have with the SON Desk in Alaba. 2013 will not be different and we will not relent in this task for the good of the nation," Apunonu assured.
He told journalists that a number of substandard products were seized by members of the Alaba Market Task Force this new year, adding that they had been assembled for burning. He also said that the destruction of the goods was a warning signal and would serve as a deterrent to others. Apunonu expressed optimism that the joint effort of the SON and EDAN, would eliminate the sale of substandard goods completely in the market.