Worried by the bourgeoning trade in substandard goods across the federation, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has embarked on massive sensitisation of the populace to warn them against the menace of product counterfeiting.
The SON reiterated the awareness campaign against substandard product at different communities in Anambra State, noting that this move was to raise the awareness level on the negative impact of substandard goods in the country.
The Director General, SON, Osita Aboloma, stated that substandard products pose lot of dangers to individuals and the society, stressing that so many accidents and fire outbreaks have been linked to the use of substandard products.
The SON boss, who was represented by the General Manager, Good Fruitage, Chinedu Emmanuel, at the sensitisation exercise on the dangers of substandard products held in Obinagu Community, in Anambra State, tagged “Pain and loss, the hallmark of substandard products” advised the people in the community to always watch out for the Product Authentication Mark (PAM) which he said would be introduced in February 1st 2018, maintaining that PAM would be the ultimate factor in checkmating the prevalence of substandard products in the market.
He however assured Anambarians of the agency’s renewed efforts in tackling the influx of substandard goods into the country.
Also speaking at the event, the Country Programme Officer, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Ben Odoemena, said nations who have value for quality life have set standards for every aspect of human process, pointing out that SON creates standards and, or adopts internationally acclaimed standards for products and processes all for collective interests of the society and the country at large.
“The message is simple. Reject substandard and enjoy quality life. However, unscrupulous elements in our society in their unwholesome sharp practices have flooded our markets with substandard products and they will continue to succeed if we continue to patronise them,” he warned.
Meanwhile, he commended SON in its efforts to make it easier for unsuspecting consumers to distinguish quality products from substandard ones using the MANCAP logo and other recent initiatives.
The president of Obinagu Development Union (ODU) challenged its people to ensure that products used in executing the projects in the community meet quality standards.
He specifically called on the Works Committee to monitor the construction company working on the road projects in the community closely to ensure that work on the projects conform to the specified standards in the contract.
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