Nigeria suffers influx of substandard products – SON

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) said Nigeria is not immune to influx of sub-standard goods like other countries across the globe as it’s affirmed it sustained activities to halt the nefarious acts.

SON Director, Inspectorate and Compliance Department, Pius Manji, explained that the influx of substandard goods is akin to corruption that can only be reduced to its barest minimum, but not eradicated.

He spoke in Lagos at a sentisation programme for stakeholders at a general sensitisation on PAM scheme in the state.

He said the cost of producing a sticker is astronomical due to its security features to guard against forgery, but stated that it has been subsidised to improve the services the agency renders to the public while also improving the lives of Nigerians through quality.

He noted that experience has shown that there are other routes through which people bring in goods to beat the system such as the SONCAP and MANCAP, so the PAM is more of a further check on all imported products. 

“Even if we deploy all the staff of SON to check for substandard goods it will still not be enough considering the size of Nigeria and the distribution change. So far 10 local companies and manufacturing companies have already keyed into it.

SON Director General, Dr. Ifeanyi Okeke, represented by the Director, Product Certification Department, Engr. Onuchenyo Enebi, explained that the programme was to increase awareness of the scheme, pointing out that the initiative was introduced by SON to enable consumers verify the authenticity of all SON-regulated products in the markets in its continuous efforts to curb the influx of substandard imported goods into the country.