HP cautions Nigerians against buying counterfeit products

“In each year, businesses worldwide lose excessively due to counterfeiting and piracy, especially in the IT industry.”

Hewlett-Packard, HP, Nigeria Limited, the producer of HP telecommunication equipment, on Wednesday warned Nigerians against buying fake products.

Jean-Paul Pinto, the District Manager, English Africa, printing and Personal System of HP, said this in Abuja during the company’s 2014 Anti-Counterfeit Conference.

He said it was cheaper to purchase quality product than counterfeits and advised people to always check any product before purchasing it to get value for its price.

He said the company was carrying out enlightenment programme to educate Nigerians on the need to purchase quality products.

According to him, inferior products have caused immense reduction in global economic growth and have negative effect on business worldwide.

The district manager said consumers were at the receiving end for buying inferior products.

He said the company was strengthening its tentacles to tackle the increase in piracy of telecommunication and other products in the country.

“This conference is for us to combat illicit counterfeit practices, increase awareness and share best practices amongst government officials, law enforcement agencies, HP partners, customers and other stakeholders.

“In each year, businesses worldwide lose excessively due to counterfeiting and piracy, especially in the IT industry.

“Nigeria is one of the global largest mobile growths and it becomes necessary for us to raise this call because one in 10 IT products sold globally may be counterfeit,” he said.

Joseph Odumody, the Director General of Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, said at the occasion that the organisation was working within its power to fight counterfeit in Nigeria.

“We have a bill before the National Assembly that will soon be passed into law; this is to combat inferior products by destroying them within 90 days and prosecute the importers and distributors.

“Government alone cannot fight this problem, Nigerians should collaborate with us; this conference will also enable us to collaborate more with the HP and other manufacturers to fight counterfeiting.

“Most importantly, the sole distributors contribute immensely to the sales of fake products in Nigeria; it is the responsibility of the manufacturers to put a check on their agents,” he said.

Dangote adbanner 728x90_2 (1)



PT Mag Campaign AD

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility

Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.


TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401...

BE THE FIRST TO KNOW! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required


Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application