By Abdallah el-Kurebe
The Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) has urged Nigerians to reject all locally-produced and
imported products that have no electronic registration code (e-code) of the organisation.
It is also to set up laboratories and offices across the six geo-political zones of the country.
Joseph Odumodu, director general of SON spoke in Sokoto on Wednesday at the opening of a Northwest zonal sensitization seminar on zero-tolerance to sub-standard products.
“The e-registration system was recently introduced by SON to be in tune with current global best practices and all products must carry the e-registration code. Nigerians should also report any complaints to the organization’s offices spread across 32 states of Nigeria.
“Nigerians also have the right to seek for reparations on any bad or substandard product purchased ranging from vehicles, generators and other household items and appliances, among others,” he said.
Observing that Nigerians had ignored standards, Odumodu also said that Nigerians were mortgaging the future of the nation’s youths and economy by refusing to patronize made-in-Nigeria products. ”Most industries in the country had since collapsed because of the
patronage of foreign goods by Nigerians.”
Governor Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto state spoke through Aliyu Achida, Commissioner of Commerce, stressing the need for all regulatory agencies to ensure the safety and protection of the lives of Nigerians.
Relatively, Odumodu said that SON plans to set up offices and laboratories in the six geopolitical zones of the country.
He explained that the laboratories would help SON to reduce the influx of substandard products into Nigeria as well as to ensure that all products in Nigeria meet both national and international standards.
The DG added that the organization currently only had laboratories only in Lagos, Enugu and Kaduna, with 32 state offices.
The DG also said that the federal government was seriously concerned about how sub standard products had flooded the country. “This problem had reached an alarming proportion and it stood at about forty per cent in 2011 and that is why we want to reduce it now to about 20 percent.”
He added that SON intends to create a regional hub in Sokoto state because it has border towns that are used to import sub-standard products from abroad.