Mr. Osita Aboloma, Director-General, SON, and Marks of Quality Products

Why SON faces resistance from importers of fake products

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) may have come under pressure from dealers in fake and sub-standard products, following the Agency’s intensified efforts at ridding the country of such harmful products.

Rilwan Bola Fashina, Head of Public Relations at SON, Wednesday, in Lagos, disclosed that the Agency is facing increasing opposition from a section of the Nigerian business community that had lost money because of the Organisation’s measure to purge the country of sub-standard products.

Vanguard reports that Fashina said SON, in the last three years, had successfully tackled producers and importers of fake products who are now fighting back.

He said Mr. Osita Aboloma, SON Director-General, had deployed his skill as a lawyer by ensuring that the Agency makes effective use of its prosecutorial powers, a development he stated has led to the prosecution of several businessmen for alleged infractions in the economy.

Fashina, however, insisted that SON is ready for the onerous task of ridding the country of sub-standard products.

According to him, the battle against fake and sub-standard products would be intensified in the months ahead while capacities for containing the strategies of those behind the scheme would be enhanced among the SON staff and operatives.

More laboratories for testing of product qualities have been certified for international standards while administrative facilities and capacities are being developed across the country to boost the personnel morale, he said.

The SON Head of Public Relations also disclosed that international cooperation for checkmating unwholesome imports of products is being pursued with China and other countries.

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