“SON Seizes Billions Worth of Fake and Substandard Products in Lagos, Vows to Combat Counterfeiting”

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The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has taken decisive action against the proliferation of fake and substandard products in Lagos, seizing counterfeit tyres, solar batteries, and baby feeding bottles worth several billions of naira. These products were discovered in various warehouses across markets in Lagos State, as part of SON’s ongoing efforts to eradicate unwholesome goods from the Nigerian market.

 

Addressing the press in Lagos, Dr. Ifeanyi Okeke highlighted the detrimental effects of stuffing tyres into containers for shipment, causing irreparable damage to the products. Mr. Pius Manji, representing Okeke, emphasized that the evacuation exercise aimed to prevent these compromised tyres from entering the Nigerian market, as they failed critical quality parameters due to stuffing.

 

Manji explained that stuffing tyres into containers allowed for a higher quantity of products to be imported, compromising their quality and safety. He emphasized that despite their outward appearance, scientific tests revealed significant compromises in the tyres’ textile strength, rendering them unfit for use and necessitating their destruction.

 

In addition to counterfeit tyres, SON also seized fake solar batteries from renowned brands, which failed quality testing and posed risks to public safety. Okeke condemned the production of counterfeit baby feeding bottles as a heinous crime driven solely by greed.

 

Expressing SON’s zero-tolerance stance towards product counterfeiting, Okeke reiterated the organization’s commitment to enforcing standards and regulations to protect consumers. He highlighted SON’s mandate under the SON Act No. 14 of 2015, which empowers the agency to seize, confiscate, and destroy substandard products, as well as seal off premises involved in their production or sale.

 

Under Okeke’s leadership, SON has intensified efforts to combat substandard products through enhanced enforcement and collaboration with the Organised Private Sector (OPS). The organization is actively engaging industries to improve competitiveness through quality assurance practices and investment in human resource development.

 

Recognizing the grave dangers posed by substandard and counterfeit products to the lives and well-being of Nigerians, Okeke emphasized SON’s deployment of modern electronic platforms to tackle the menace. These platforms include Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP), SONCAP for imported products certification, Product Registration for documentation and traceability, and library services for easy access to relevant standards.

 

In conclusion, Okeke reaffirmed SON’s commitment to safeguarding consumers and ensuring that only products meeting quality standards are available in the Nigerian market. He urged stakeholders to join hands in the fight against counterfeiting and substandard goods for the collective benefit of the nation.


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