The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has said that it is embarking on a nationwide clamp down on substandard lubricants to safeguard lives of unsuspecting consumers in the country and boost Nigeria’s industrialisation drive.
The Director-General, SON, Mr. Osita Aboloma, who stated this during an enforcement exercise in Lagos markets and warehouses, noted that most of the daily activities of Nigerians depended directly or indirectly on the use of lubricants, so it was necessary to rid the nation of substandard lubricants.
He explained that the agency had been empowered by the new 2015 SON Act to remove all non-complying products from the nation’s markets as a way of helping to boost the capacity utilisation of Nigeria’s manufacturing industry.
Aboloma, who was represented by the Director, Compliance, SON, Bede Obayi, said, “We do not want these unscrupulous importers to flood this country with substandard products. We want the capacity utilisation of Nigerian companies to improve so as to employ the teeming unemployed Nigerian youths. This can only happen when these substandard products are removed from the nation’s market.
‘’This is just the starting point and we have not reached where we want to be. This is a fight that we are not going to stop until we finish removing most of the substandard products in circulation. It is the mandate of the organisation to ensure that Nigerians enjoy safe and non hazardous products whenever they buy products.
“Today, you have seen that made-in-Nigeria products especially cables have become the order of the day where these importers go abroad to buy imported products and clone them as if they are made in this country and this is what we cannot allow to continue to happen in this country.”
Aboloma said that the practice discouraged genuine businessmen from investing in the country and posed danger to Nigeria’s economy while also increasing the unemployment level.
“Once we remove these substandard products, the Nigerian products would take over and that is when we will be talking of made-in-Nigeria products for the world. We want Nigerians to enjoy made-in-Nigeria products so that once they see made-in-Nigeria products, they will be proud of them. We do not want other countries to dump substandard products on us.”
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