3 June 2013

Nigeria: Fake Products - SON to Clamp Down On FCT Markets

The Director General, Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) Dr. Joseph Odumosu has said that the organization, as part of its zero tolerance campaign against substandard products, will on June 15 embark on massive clamp down on sellers of fake products in major markets in the FCT.

He made this announcement when SON Ambassador, Mrs. Christabel Julie Okoye paid him a courtesy call in Abuja.

Odumosu said that before the commencement of the raid on the sellers of substandard products in the FCT, the organization will interact with the various leaders of markets in the FCT with the aim of sensitizing them on the need to remove fake products from their shops.

"In this battle, products that will be removed from the markets will be seized, destroyed and those involved in selling them will be prosecuted accordingly. A lot of people are dying daily or losing money from buying substandard products. It is going to be a battle between the good and the bad and I believe that the good will win because we are on the side of God," he said.

He added that FCT will be used to kick start the campaign before being extended to other states of the federation, adding that less than half of products in the market are substandard and in an epidemic proportion.

Earlier, SON Ambassador, Mrs. Christabel Okoye, said that her organization will partner with SON to rid FCT markets of fake products.

"My vision is to assist the DG to tackle the problem of sub standard products in the country. It needs every one's support because it is war that must be won. By June, you will see taskforce everywhere to ensure compliance," she said.

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