SON raids two markets in FCT and Nasarawa state

As part of efforts to rid the nation of fake and sub-standard products, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) stormed two major markets in Abuja and Nasarawa State to seize fake products.

The Head of Administration and Human Capital of the organisation, Mr. Paul Angya who led the exercise said the raid became imperative following the refusal of traders to stop selling fake and sub-standard goods.

The exercise which caught traders at Abuja International Building Materials Market and Mararaba Building Materials Market in Nasarawa state unaware saw the organisation sealing off some shops stocked with fake and sub-standard products.

Officials of the enforcement team of the organisation were accompanied by police officers when they stormed the Abuja International Building Materials Market in Dei-Dei, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory with the mission to rid the market of fake and sub-standard goods.

The raid however witnessed a minor resistance as one of the traders challenged the team for carrying out the exercise but he was promptly arrested.

With the arrest of one of the traders, officials of the organisation proceeded to seal some shops found to be stocking fake products but this brought about mixed reactions from some of the traders.

The Head of the enforcement team of the organization, who doubles as the Director, Administration and Human Capital, Paul Angya, however said that traders have no excuse to stock fake products having been given two weeks’ notice to clear the markets of such products.

A similar exercise was also carried out at neighboring Mararaba Building materials market in Nasarawa state where some fake products were seized.

The SON promised to make the exercise a regular one across the nation, so as to stop persons who specialize in stocking fake products from circulating substandard products.