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SON Calls for More Collaboration to Achieve Zero Substandard Import

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The Standard Organization of Nigeria,SON  has called for more collaboration with all stakeholders in the maritime Industry to achieve zero substandard import.

The Organisation also called for sensitization, education of the importers and the general public on the importance of quality goods and services.
The Director General/CEO of SON,  Osita Aboloma made the call in his address on the occasion of  the sensitization workshop for the Maritime Sector organised by Standard Organization of Nigeria, SON  in collaboration with the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding I. Nigeria, CRFFN, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, NSC, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF, Association  of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA . Lagos
Obiora Manafa
Aboloma who was represented by the Director of Inspectorate Compliance Department Engr Obiora Manafa argued that the works of standardization, quality assurance as well as campaign against substandard products had always remained a collaborative and partnership efforts between the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON and the numerous stakeholders.
He further stressed that over 75 %  of the bulks of products that enter into Nigeria daily, monthly or yearly  come through the Seaports and Waterways and therefore would be difficult to ignore the operators in the quest for zero imports for substandard and unwholesome products as well as the Federal Government’s Ease of Doing Business, (EODB).
The SON Boss however believed that continuous engagement with sectoral operators and stakeholders would help SON to Cary everybody along in the zero tolerance campaign against substandard, fake and counterfeit  products.
“One major means and ways  of bringing the players on board the standard and quality voyage is through sensitization/enlightenment. Recall that such fora had been organised by the SON in recent times, but since the end justifies the means, there is need for continuous, robust engagement in order to ease the challenges involved in standard enforcement and monitoring Compliance.
He however lamented that non-involvement of SON at some ports  had continued to bring a stud to the agency’s compliance and monitoring units, stressing that it was easier to wage war against influx of substandard products at the point of entry than chasing them around all over the markets in the country, warehouses, etc.
Tony Iju
In his address , the National President of Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA, Mr Tony Uju pointed out that over time, customs brokers had been victims of importation of Substandard products by importers, who failed to disclose the actual content or degree of compliance with extant rules like SON Conformity Assessment Programmes(SONCAP)
Uji agrees that the illicit influx of these products is not only injurious to the national economy but also spells doom for the people and because of this obvious facts, ANCLA had decided to educate importers on the need for their compliance to safeguard lives and avoid losses arising from seizures and destruction  of fake substandard goods.
He disclosed that Customs brokers had suffered an estimated cumulative losses of over N20b in the last ten years for undertaking to clear goods discovered to be substandard.
According to him, “Earlier this month, SON destroyed N480m worth of substandard mobile phones, late last year, the Organisation also destroyed 5000 fake gas cylinders valued at N51.3m.  These are just two examples of a routine activity that promotes quality in our country.
“Destroying investment channeled wrongly towards fake and substandard goods may look harsh, but preventing death, injuries and pains of buying poor standard imported items is a great humanitarian task. For the later, I commend SON for saving lives”.
He however commended SON for raising the Nigerian flag high in the global standard community where over 164 countries converged under the aegis of Geneva based International Standard Organization (ISON), and urged them not to relent.
Speaking also, the Chairman Electronics Union, Alaba International Market, Evangelist Paulinus Ugochukwu pledged to cooperate with SON and join them fight against importation and sale of substandard products in the markets.
Contributing too, the Chairman, Electrical Dealers Association, Alaba International Market Uche Fabian Orjika appealed with the Agency to continue with the sensitization exercise, and assured to keep to their agreement with SON on zero tolerance.

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