African Steel Limited Denies Shutdown Of Its Ikorodu Factory by SON

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The Management of African Steel Limited has vehemently refuted recent media reports alleging the closure of its Ikorodu Steel Factory by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) for purported standards infractions. In a statement issued by Ravi Sharma, a Director at African Steel Limited, the company dismissed the reports as false and attributed them to the machinations of competitors seeking unfair advantages in the market.

According to Sharma, officials from the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) conducted a routine regulatory oversight visit to the premises of African Steel in Ikorodu. During the visit, the SON officials inspected the facility, inventoried the manufactured steel products, and collected samples for further regulatory processes, all while adhering to proper documentation procedures.

Sharma clarified that at no point did SON officials shut down African Steel Limited’s premises in Ikorodu, emphasizing that similar regulatory steps were taken at other steel manufacturing facilities across the country. He assured customers of African Steel’s commitment to providing quality products and urged them to disregard the false publications.

African Steel Limited, a member of the African Industries Group, reiterated its dedication to upholding the highest standards in its operations in Nigeria and globally. Sharma underscored the Group’s significant investment in the Nigerian economy, including an integrated iron ore mining, processing, and steel production plant in Kajuru, Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna state, with a capital outlay of approximately $600 million.

Engr. Enebi Onucheyo, the Director of Product Certification at SON, corroborated African Steel’s account, confirming that neither the company’s facility nor those of any other steel manufacturer were shut down during the regulatory exercise. He explained that SON conducted spot inspections, collected samples, and placed products on hold for laboratory tests to ensure compliance with standards.

The nationwide regulatory action undertaken by SON is part of routine exercises aimed at curbing the production and circulation of substandard iron rods in Nigerian markets, according to Engr. Enebi. He emphasized SON’s determination to crack down on standards infractions in all sectors of the economy, particularly concerning life-endangering products like steel.

Engr. Enebi urged stakeholders to continue collaborating with SON and other regulatory authorities by providing valuable information on product standards and safety. He emphasized the importance of safeguarding the nation’s economic wellbeing and the safety of its citizens through rigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement.

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