SON warns on substandard goods

The Plateau office of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), has warned manufacturers against dumping substandard goods in the markets.

Mr Musa George, the State Coordinator, gave the warning on Tuesday in Jos, when he presented Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme certification to Fekaf Nigeria Limited, makers of Royal Bread and Chocolate.

He also warned members of the public against purchasing goods not certified by the organisation because such goods had not met the safety requirements and were in the market illegally.

George said that SON would continue to enforce stringent measures to force manufacturers to comply with approved standards, and promised severe sanctions for defaulters.

He advised manufacturers to strive for quality so as to promote consumer confidence and boost global competitiveness of Nigerian goods and services.

The official called on the bakers to adhere to standard, saying that SON would continue its regular surveillance to ensure conformity.

George, however, warned the company that the certificate could be withdrawn if the products failed to conform to the minimum standard.

It will be recalled that the Director General of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mr Osita Aboloma, had expressed the determination of the organisation to rid Nigerian markets of substandard goods.

He also said that lack of synergy and cooperation from members of the public are the major issues posing a threat to the fight against the influx of substandard product into the markets.

He believes that the influx of substandard products has the capacity of weaken the nation’s already recessed economy.

Speaking of the harmful effects this has on citizens, the SON boss said: “Without safety, there would be no economic prosperity in Nigeria”.

He believes that there is no single house in Nigeria that has not tasted the dangers of substandard products.