The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), has destroyed substandard electrical appliances, phone accessories, wine worth about N10 million.
Other products destroyed include antiseptic soap, sanitary towels, cosmetics, electrical cables and children’s pampers.
SON in collaboration with other agencies, including Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) was able to seize seven containers of the unwholesome products which were subsequently destroyed at the Lagos Epe dumpsite.
The Director General of SON, Mr. Osita Aboloma said that, “ in continuation of the activities to get rid of sub-standard products in accordance with the SON Act of 2015 aimed at conforming with the standards of manufacturing, importation and distribution of products within Nigeria, the agency will not rest on its oars to bring the perpertrators of fake products to book.
Aboloma who was in company of officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service said, “The goods we have today is as a result of our 24 hour surveillance put in place as part of measures to tackle importation of sub-standard products into the country.
“ Some of the seized products do not conform to our standard and is endangering lives.So there is a need for collaboration among government agencies to bring an end to this malaise.
“All these efforts are aimed at protecting our local industries while saving jobs for Nigerians. The more import we make as nation, the more we deplete our foreign reserves.
“Our partnership with NCS has led to the seizure of products worth billions of naira. These are products that could have found their way into the markets illegally, with innocent Nigerians purchasing them with their hard earned resources.”
He said the products have been tested in line with our mandate , some of them that passed through the test have been corrected and sent back to the market while those that do not conform to the international standards were brought here for destruction.