SON inaugurates standards committee on electrical products

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Anna Okon

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has inaugurated a committee on the standards of electrical products in Africa’s largest electronics market, Alaba International, Lagos.

Addressing members of the Electronics Dealers’ Association of Nigeria during the inauguration on Wednesday, the Director-General of SON, Mr. Osita Aboloma, said that the essence of inaugurating the committee was to encourage self-regulation among electronic dealers in the market.

He said that when it came to life threatening products like electrical items, standardisation was a moral obligation.

“Please do not sell or deal with what you cannot use. We want you to monitor yourselves so that your neighbours can emulate you,” he said.

Aboloma noted that members of the committee would be standards ambassadors for SON within EDAN and that they would be responsible for guiding, enlightening, spreading the message and educating members about standards.

According to him, as ambassadors, they will have to work closely with SON, adding that if they work effectively and satisfactorily for three months, they will be officially confirmed.

The Head, Product Registration, SON, Mr. Chike Makwe, said that failure rate in standards of electrical products had dropped from 51.6 per cent in 2015 to 49 per cent.

He advised importers to go to SON and register their products instead of leaving everything in the hands of agents.

He added that the agency had reduced the time for testing of products to 60 days in line with the ease of doing business initiative of the Federal Government.

According to Makwe, many agents inflate figures and the importers end up paying more than they should pay to register their products.

He urged them to make use of the agency’s e-registration platform, which he described as faster and easier.

The Executive Chairman, EDAN, Febian Ezeorjika, in his address, noted that many electrical dealers did not have the technical know-how, adding that many businesses were driven by the desire to make more money, rather than the concern for safety of lives, property and customer satisfaction.

“By doing so, many of them import or produce products that are substandard,” he said.

He appealed for the collaboration of manufacturers, importers and all stakeholders to achieve quality standards in electrical products to prevent the danger it posed to lives and property.

Ezeorjika observed that even though substandard products were seized and destroyed by SON regularly, they still found their way into the Nigerian market and homes.

He said that SON needed the support and collaboration of all stakeholders to succeed in its statutory function of eradicating substandard products from the country.

He said, “We in EDAN have been collaborating with SON and other agencies and have also put internal mechanism in place to checkmate infiltration of substandard electrical products into the market.

“We hold periodic meetings with importers to brainstorm on the need to cooperate and unite in our war against substandard products.

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