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Stop cutting corners, SON warns manufacturers

Stop cutting corners, SON warns manufacturers

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Rasheed Bisiriyu

Standards Organisation of Nigeria has warned manufacturers of fake products to desist from the criminal act or face the full wrath of the law.

It also urged Nigerians not to buy fake products, saying the risks associated with such unwise patronage were high and could be life-threatening.

The Director-General of SON, Osita Aboloma, gave the advice in Aba, Abia State, during a sensitisation workshop on substandard lubricants.

Osita, represented by the SON’s Regional Coordinator in the South-East, Obi David, said the regulatory body had before now carried out zero tolerance and total eradication sensitisation workshops for substandard products.

He said SON would be interfacing with manufacturers from time to time to drum home the need not to be involved in the production of fake goods.

“We’ve carried out zero tolerance for substandard goods; we’ve done total eradication and we are now speaking of reduction. There is no place in the world; there is no country that can boast of a total eradication of substandard products. What we are saying now is that we want to reduce it to the extreme minimum and if we can get that it will be a very big achievement. We want to start from somewhere; if we can achieve the reduction, it will be as good as eradication.”

Osita who said SON’s sensitisation programmes were not limited to oil, informed that the organisation limited the Aba programme to lubricants because of its effects on the economy and the people.

“The use of lubricants touches on all vehicles, industrial machines of various types, hydraulic systems, electric transformers and other things. It is obvious that most of our daily activities depend directly or indirectly on use of lubricants and it is therefore necessary that every stakeholder be aware of good and substandard lubricant.”

He said Abia was where SON had much problem in the South-East because manufacturers there were not as organised as those in Anambra, Imo and Enugu states, but hoped with such sensitisation programmes, they would overcome the challenges.

The SON boss said in the South-East, it had a task of getting all the stakeholders informed about the dangers of fake and adulterated products because everybody had a role to play.

The State coordinator at the Abia State office of SON, Mrs. Inigba Chris-Ojeh, said the sensitisation programme was to let industrialists know the importance of standardisation as a means of industrialisation.

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