SON Enlightens Alaba Traders On Self Regulation

By Sandra Chukwunyere

Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has urged Alaba International Market Association, Electronics Section on self regulation while importing products.

Director General of SON, Mr Osita Aboloma made the appeal at sensitisation workshop and awarenesses programme on Zero tolerance of sub-standard products.

According to Aboloma who was represented by Alhaji Kabiru Mohammed, a Director in DG’s office, self regulation will ensure that Sub-Standard products are not imported into the country.

He added that a committee was also established with the association to ensure they meet up to the required standard which would reduce substandard products in the country.

He urged the members of the association to go into creating brands of their own and ensure that the products meet market requirement.

“Our mission here is to bring standards to all these importers because day-in-day out people buy sub-standard products and these traders when confronted say that they are not aware that there are existing standard in the country.

“So we feel the best thing to do is to come to their own bus stop instead of sitting in our own offices, and tell them about it and how to address the issue” he said.

Aboloma noted that these products could also be brought in pieces and assembled in the country and with time they will start branding them in their own name which would generate revenue and government would support them in this.

He said that presently, there was so much improvement in the quality of things bought in Alaba electronics market adding that there was room for more improvement.

In his own contribution, Director, Inspectorate and Compliance Directorate, Mr Obiora Manafa, said that unbranded products fail market requirement.

He urged them to start producing locally in the country and produce products that meet up to standard.

According to him, one of the strategy that SON wants to adopt with the electronics association in Alaba is for them to operate self regulation, adding that it will help reduce the influx of substandard products in the country.

Manafa said that even though they are complaining about power as regards going into producing their products locally, they should know that government was working on that and in no time all would be well

He pointed out that these products get into the market because SON does not operate in the ports now, adding that it was only when they feel it necessary that SON was invited for inspection adding that some of these substandard products are smuggled into the country and and that as soon as SON identifies same they are confisticated and destroyed.

“We are not happy to destroy these products because it is a waste of money both for the importers and the country and that is why we are here for the sensitisation programme,” he declared.

Mr Paulinus Ugochukwu Executive Chairman, International Market Association (Electronics Section)  appealled for more time from SON to enable some members who had commenced the SONCAP registration process to complete it.

“As an association who understands the profitability and benefits of the objectives of SON and having collaborated with them in the past, we already have in existence a committee whose duty is to ensure the prohibition of substandard products in the market” he said

“The leadership of this association has taken and is still taking numerous measures in ensuring that this market is known as a place where you can find standard, authentic and genuine products,” he said.

According to him, Alaba electronics known to be the biggest single electronics market in Africa contribute to the gross domestic product of the country and so should get support from government.

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