Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lawmakers pledge support for fight against substandard goods

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The House of Reps lends its support to the standards agency in curbing sale of counterfeit products.

The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) is to receive legislative backing in tackling the problem of fake and substandard products in the country as the House of Representatives has promised to give the organisation the necessary support.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Industries, Mohammed Ogoshi, gave the assurance on Monday in Abuja when he led members of the committee on a visit to the agency. Mr. Ogoshi offered the House’s support while also commending SON for its activities in curbing the influx and effects of counterfeit and low-quality goods in the country.

“We are going to give you every support you need to deliver your mandate,’’ Mr. Ogoshi said, urging the organisation to embark on awareness campaigns that will educate the populace on the likely implications of purchasing substandard products.

According to him, this would enable consumers to identify and avoid substandard products.

The Director-General of SON, Joseph Odumodu, had earlier solicited for a legal framework to enable the organisation to carry out effective enforcement. Mr. Odumodu said that lack of a strong legal structure had not allowed the agency to prosecute the manufacturers, importers or distributors of fake and substandard products in the country.

The director-general acknowledged government’s interest in improving the economy through the check of substandard products. More funding would however help improve the organisation’s activities, he said, adding that it required N10 billion for the first phase of modern laboratory facilities to fast-track its operations.

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