WorldStage Newsonline– The Director General of the Standards Organization of Nigeria, Mr. Osita Aboloma has advised Nigerians not to patronise imported counterfeit of sub-standard products, saying that fake products kill.
Aboloma, who gave the warning at a one-day National Stakeholders’ Sensitization Forum which held in Kaduna on Wednesday vowed to rid the country of sub-standard products.
He noted that the war against fake or sub-standard products could only be won through the collaborations of relevants stakeholders such as the Customs, the Nigeria Police, freight forwarders, Nigerian Shippers’ Council among others .
He said in order to ensure the country was rid off of fake products, the agency embarked on enforcing compliance through various standards such as MANCAP, SONCAP and the placement of logos on products .
This, he said, was to enable customers to identify the difference between sub-standard and counterfeit products and the original.
The SON’s boss, who was represented by the Regional Coordinator North West of organization, Alhaji Abubakar Abba, therefore, cautioned Nigerians against endangering themselves and loved ones by patronising fake or substandard products.
In a paper presentation on “collaborations as tools for zero sub-standard imports,” the National President, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, Chief Increase Uche, urged the organization not to relent on its elightenement and sensitization campaigns against sub-standard product, noting that “it should be sustained.”
He said that the role of SON in preventing substandard products was crucial to the nation’s economy, calling for the inclusion of the agency (SON) at the ports to prevent influx of sub-standard products.
He also said compromise by bank officials portends serious danger to the economy as it related to imports of products into the country.
He added that the SON should lend support to the Nigerian Shippers Council in reducing substandard products or cargo through CTN.
He said:”The Federal Government should speed up implementation of Single Windows Facility, whereby all agencies of government – SON can sit in their offices and make inputs.
“SON is expected to do more and ensure synergy with other agencies especially the Nigerian Customs.
“More worrisome in the fight to protect the nation from the influx of the these sub-standard and counterfeit products has been the exclusion pf SON amongst the agencies resident at the ports .
“This has indeed aided the smuggling of these illicit products and created grave danger of security leakages.”
Also, in another paper presentation, one time Acting National President of the Association of Nigerian License Customs Agents (ANLCA), Dr. Farinto Kayode Collins, said as patriotic citizens, all Nigerians are compelled to collaborate with SON to stamp out substandard products from the country.
“Please be informed that the hazard/adverse effect of substandard goods on our economy, health cannot be quantified.
“Let alone, the preponderance members of our citizens that have been killed, maimed as a result of use of these products.
“We shall be playing our roles in national interest, if we all agree to collaborate as stakeholders to stamp out substandard goods in our economy,” he said.