The Nigeria Customs Service says it is ready to partner with the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to curb the influx of substandard goods.
The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ibrahim (rtd), told Channels Television on Saturday that the collaboration would enable the agencies achieve the Federal Government’s mandate of reducing to a bearable minimum the increasing inflow of such goods.
“We are here today to establish that synergy and agree that henceforth we will be working hand-in-hand to improve the system,” Col. Ibrahim said during a meeting with representatives of SON.
The Director General of SON, Joseph Odumodu, requested that the organisation should be allowed to be part of the imported goods’ extermination process to ensure proper check of goods.
“Sometimes containers may come with a paper that says it is ‘A’ but what is inside may be ‘B’. We do not need to see everything, but there are some products that we call life endangering products, like bulbs, electronics, tyres, children’s toys and others and we will like to have a good look at these products,” Mr Odumodu said.
He stressed that although the supervision may not require a 100 per cent involvement of SON, but a proper extermination will ensure that substandard goods do not come into Nigeria.
According to statistics, over 60 per cent of goods imported into Nigeria are fake and this has become an area of concern for the government.
Effective from 21st of May, 2013 all products to be sold in any Nigerian market must be electronically registered with the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) or risk being confiscated and destroyed.
This warning is coming on the heels of the newly introduced E-Product Registration programme initiated by the regulatory agency.
The process involves an online product profile or particulars registration onto the data base of S.O.N.
At a meeting in Lagos with importers and manufacturers, the Director General of SON, Mr Joseph Odusolu stated that the move is an international standard requirement that identifies genuine manufacturers, enhance traceability and help protect consumers from substandard products.
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Independent Accredited Firms (IAFs) in an effort to reduce the influx of substandard products into the country.
The programme is to operate by ensuring that the IAFs test products that are Nigeria-bound, and seal the containers for conveyance before shipping.
According to agreement proposal, the MoU is to renew the stated objectives of SON conformity assessment programme, which appeared to have failed in recent years.
The Director-General of SON, Dr. Joseph Odumodu, said at the signing of the MoU that challenges facing the implementation of the SONCAP objectives over the years had been due to whittled monitoring of the programme.
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.