The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) on Wednesday said that it confiscated fake and substandard products worth more than N300 billion across the country within the past few months.
Top on the list of seized products was adulterated lubricants, electric cables, and cylinders.
Director General of the agency, Osita Aboloma, who was represented by Yaya Burka, Head, Ports and Border, SON, disclosed this at a Stakeholders Workshop on SON Act 2015 in Lagos.
The SON Act enacted into law by the Seventh National Assembly is a revolutionary document which the agency was deploying toward sanitising the Nigerian market of unwholesome products.
“Let me inform you that the big hauls of seizures which the agency made recently is a testimonial that we mean business by harnessing to the fullest, the enormous powers which the act has accorded us.
“Within the last few months, we have confiscated fake and substandard products worth more than N300 billion across the country.
“We have since embarked on arraignment and trial at various courts of some of the suspects linked with the impounded goods. We are not resting on our oars,” he said.
Mr Aboloma said the theme of the workshop, `SON Act 2015: Enhancing Quality, Harnessing Opportunities’, was very germane and in tune with the efforts of the federal government at turning around the country’s economy.
According to him, the agency decided to conduct nationwide sensitisation workshops on the act not only to enlighten people on its provisions, but to also strengthen stakeholders’ collaborations and engagements.
He maintained that all products manufactured in Nigeria should be certified by the Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS) through the agency’s Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) which is subject to legal enforcement.
The director general added that all imported products must also be certified to the NIS or other approved standards through SON’s Offshore Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP).