The Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON has destroyed fake and substandard products worth over N450 million seized from importers at a dumpsite in Lagos.
The Director General, SON, Mr. Osita Aboloma, who spoke on the occasion, described the substandard goods as dangerous to lives, properties and the nation’s economic health.
Aboloma called on all stakeholders, including the media, to join in the campaign to get rid of such products wherever they exist in the country.
“These products have been labelled substandard after we carried out due diligence and conformity assessment to requisite standards on them,” he said.
According to him, the products failed the conformity and integrity tests and the decision to destroy them is to save lives of Nigerians, who may fall victims to these killer-products if allowed to circulate.
He stated that, “The substandard products we are destroying today are bulbs, cables, tyres, shaving sticks, aluminium coils among others. We decided to perform the destruction exercise at two sites—Ogba and Epe.”
“We are destroying expired tyres and bad aluminium coils at our Ogba warehouse. The tyres and coils require specialised mechanical equipment, as well as special handling for their destruction, as their particles could be recycled and useful for other industrial purposes.”
The SON boss described the destruction as a clear signal to all and sundry, particularly purveyors, importers and dealers in fake and substandard products, that Nigeria is no longer a dumping ground.