AB9NGK Nigerian Central Bank, Abuja, Nigeria. Image shot 2007. Exact date unknown.

Director General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) , Mr Osita Aboloma has disclosed that the organisation in the last few months confiscated fake and substandard products worth more than N300 billion across the country.
According to Aboloma, who was represented by Mr Yaya Burka, the SON’s Head, Ports and Border at a Stakeholders Workshop on SON Act 2015 in Lagos, top on the list of seized products were adulterated lubricants, electric cables, and cylinders.
“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.
According to Aboloma, 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.
He said SON 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 stressed 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).
The SON Act, which was enacted into law by the Seventh National Assembly is a revolutionary document which the agency was deploying toward riding the Nigerian market of unwholesome products.

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