SON to close markets with substandard products

Channels Television  
Updated July 2, 2012

The Director-General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Dr Joseph Odumodu has declared that from the 16th of July, fake goods will be cleared off Nigerian markets.

While addressing a news conference on the plans and strategies for sanitizing products importation, manufacturing and marketing in the country, the DG said SON will close down any market where enforcement is resisted.

He further announced plans to introduce a very stringent regime for the importation of goods into the country over the next three months and prosecute defaulters before the end of 2012, warning importers and marketers of substandard products in the country.

Dr Odumodu also confirmed that a bill that will set standards for manufacturing of goods, importation and marketing in Nigeria has already passed second reading at the National Assembly and it is expected to become law in a few months.

The law, he added, will give the SON the power it needs to surmount many of the existing challenges in driving sanity into Nigeria’s markets and protect the country from  being the dump site of fake goods from foreign countries.