SON warns against counterfeit electrical appliances

Yinka Salaam, Osogbo

The Standard Organisation of Nigeria has warned Nigerians against substandard electrical and electronic appliances, saying forty per cent of imported products are substandard.

The South-West Regional Coordinator of the Organisation, Mrs Bose Kehinde gave this warning at a workshop organised for Electrical and Electronics Dealers Association in Osogbo, Osun state capital.

The workshop was themed: “Understanding the Dangers of Substandard Electrical/Electronics: A panacea to Economic Growth.’’

The coordinator expressed the need to protect consumers from the danger of using substandard products, stressing that such usage has resulted in fire disasters with wanton destruction to lives and property.

Mrs Kehinde warned the traders against importation of substandard appliances even as she expressed SON’s commitment to continuous sensitisation of citizens on the need to shun them.

The guest speaker at the workshop, Mr Richard Adewumi observed that substandard appliances enjoy more patronage because they are cheaper compared to quality ones.

He however cautioned that counterfeit appliances constitute hazards to public health, lives and property.

“It is very challenging to control importation of fake appliances because some importers often evade inspection by regulatory agencies at the point of entry into the country.”

 Adewumi urged importers to always ensure the imported products comply with standards.

In a remark, the SON Coordinator in Osun, Mr Sunday Badewole urged importers to patronise only products that come with warranty and users’ manual.

“Refuse patronage of importers of substandard products because the law will always deal with whosoever sells such products,” he said.

 Mr Badewole advised consumers to always avoid products with no country of origin or manufacturer’s name and address.