30 January 2013

Nigeria: Sub-Standard Products - SON to Destroy N2 Billion Fake Electrical Cable

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), on Wednesday said it would destroy sub-standard electrical cables worth N2 billion in the next two weeks.

Mr Joseph Odumodu, the Director General of SON who stated this in Abuja added that SON had seized and evacuated about 20 trucks of fake energy saving bulbs from a warehouse.

He also unveiled the agency's plan to set up National Accreditation Service that would be responsible for accreditation of all testing facilities in Nigeria.

The DG said that setting up of the body would help to enhance national quality service, tackle the problem of importation of sub-standard products in the country and create markets for Nigerian products across the world.

"We are currently promoting a new national quality policy; Nigeria does not have one; the policy is to help to put Nigeria on the same pedestal with the rest of the world.

"Every product that is tested and certify by the body would be accepted in any part of the world.

"The Minister of Trade has approved the setting up of a National Accreditation Service to take off in March.

"It will be responsible for the accreditation of all testing facilities in Nigeria, but the first thing to do is to link up with other international accreditation bodies and meet the minimum requirement for the endorsement of such bodies," Odumodu said.

He said that once the body was endorsed, it would in turn accredit all the labs in Nigeria, which would create the opportunity for exporting Nigeria's manufactured products.

Odumodu said that the organisation would commence electronic product registration in Nigeria next month.

According to him, all products in the Nigerian market will be expected to have electronic registration code for easy identification of both the manufacturer and the importer.

He said that any product that did not carry the SON electronic code by May 2013 would be removed from the market and destroyed.

"We are setting up an electronic security system with electronic registration in connection with other agencies to alert us when products arrive.

"At present, we have improved collaborations with relevant authorities in order to achieve this objective.

"By May, any product in the market without electronic registration will be removed. The essence of this is to build a database and details of all the products in the market.

"We need to have a link with the products and will not accept any product that has no product liability."

He said that the agency would focus on promoting certified made-in-Nigeria products through every available means.

He said that the agency would embark on creating greater awareness for Nigeria's mark of quality.

"We will also reduce and control sub-standard products in circulation to less than 30 per cent and complete 40 laboratories of different categories."

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