General news

Deploy self-regulatory mechanism to check influx of substandard goods- SON



The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has urged electronic dealers at Alaba International Market in Lagos to deploy a self-regulatory mechanism to check the influx of substandard goods.

Mr Osita Aboloma, the Director-General of SON, made the assertion while receiving electronics dealers and members of the Association of National Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), who paid him visit in Lagos.

Aboloma said that most of the products being sold at the market were “life-endangering’’.

He said: “If you are recognised as being a standard ambassador, people will have more confidence in your products.

“You will have traceability of your products. Quality and standards keep evolving and we need continuous feedback from you.

“We need you to be quality vanguards.

“We want to rekindle our relationship, emulate your neighbours, the Electrical Dealers Association of Nigeria (EDAN) establish a SON desk in your market, bring quality assurance closer to you people.

“This is what I propose. We want you to come with us to sensitise other markets where they sell electronics to let them know what they need to do by conforming to standards.

“It is going to be a win-win situation because your turnover will increase.”

The SON director-general said that the organisation would continue to partner with the electronic dealers and members of ANLCA to curb sales of substandard goods.

He urged the association to be abreast of the agency’s innovation and development.

Aboloma said that the organisation had automated its clearing processes for effective service delivery, while also reducing human interference and reduction in turnaround time.

“Our automation is flawless, it reduces the turnaround time for clearing. The automation in respect to product registration and pre-shipment document (SONCAP) have all been automated.

“So, if somebody informs you that he incurred demurrage because of SONCAP, that is a deliberate move to misinform the public.

“You cannot even ship your products into the country without securing some kind of product registration.

“It makes the process of clearing goods seamless without compromising the quality of goods coming into Nigeria,” he said.

In his remarks, the National President of ANLCA, Iju Nwabunike, said the association was looking forward to continually support the government through all lawful means within its capacity.

Nwabunike called for continuous compliance orientation, training and seminars of his members to help SON achieve its goals and objectives.

He commended SON’s automation processes, saying that it had helped to achieve seamless cargo clearing activities.

Also, the Executive Chairman, Alaba Electronics, Paulinus Ugochukwu, stated since his assumption of office, it has not been business as usual for electronic dealers.

Ugochukwu said that his administration was working hard to bring back the glory days of Alaba International Market.

He urged electronic dealers to establish their own brands, saying that the established local brands were doing very well in the market, while also competing with foreign brands.

Ugochukwu pledged to partner SON to bring to an end fake and substandard products tarnishing the image of Alaba International Market.

“We will engage in sensitisation programmes to encourage these dealers to produce their own brand going forward,” he said.

Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye

Ministry official advocates regular dog vaccination to end rabies by 2030 COAS inspects ongoing projects in Army Super Camp, Ngamdu School resumption: Expert advocates provision of clean water to check spread of infections Armed Forces College holds memorial service for 1992 Ejigbo plane crash victims Increased tariff: Previous administration created problem in power sector Scores of terrorists killed in massive airstrikes on hideouts in Borno – DHQ Wike promises early completion of 258-bed mother, child hospital in Port Harcourt Yobe IPAC agrees with LG elections postponement Brazil court postpones league game after several COVID-19 positive tests Don charges media on changing maternal health narratives FG hands over Ogoni remediation sites to NOSDRA for scientific analysis Chilean team discover match postponed after 1,500 km trip Buhari condemns attack on Gov. Zulum’s convoy, killings of security agents Edo election: We have learnt our lesson — APC Environmental: Kano Govt deploys 1,000 sanitation vanguards Christian women pray over insecurity in Jos Chelsea recover from 3 goals down to draw at West Brom Ondo 2020: No plan to collapse our structure for another party – ZLP Structure NGO tasks youths on self-development, empowers 100 with N200, 000 each FG set to address flooding as HYPPADEC takes off soon Police, vigilante group apprehend 3 bandits in Oyo DPR reinforces revenue collection channels COVID-19: PTF urges religious leaders to ask congregation to wear facemask NERC working on ways to monitor quality of service -Commissioner  Federal lawmaker presents car gifts to campaign coordinators in Ibadan Gov. Zulum mourns Col. Dahiru Bako killed by insurgents in Borno NCDC announces 195 new COVID-19 cases, death toll hits 1,100 NSE, others commit to expanding retail investment opportunities in capital market Imo Govt. moves to restore Owerri masterplan to check flooding Cyber-security: CSCS chief, others say collaboration key APC congratulates Gov. Obaseki on his re-election as Edo State Governor Tinubu hails wife at 60 No directive to constitute disciplinary c’tee against us — Ojudu, others NCAA to revoke erring airlines license over non-compliance with COVID-19 protocols African tourism leaders recommend MICE for sectoral recovery  We have finally caged the lions from Edo politics, says Gov. Obaseki Awosika, Dare, others to speak at NBC Youth Summit Edo speaker congratulates Obaseki, commends Buhari, INEC, others  Konsa seals Villa win over 10-man Sheffield United Group condemns attacks on women during governorship election in Edo COVID-19: NCDC says Nigeria not testing adequately Police arrest 96 suspects over alleged cultism, robbery in Benue Gov. AbdulRazaq announces committee on Saturday’s rainstorm in Kwara Edo election: Observer faults integrity of governorship election Motorists decry state of roads in Kuje Kaduna NLC mourns Emir of Zazzau Health Minister says 10% of COVID-19 cases are under-19 Edo Polls: SDP congratulates Obaseki, commends INEC Buhari to Okorocha at 58: Your large heart will always stand you out Kuje PDP inaugurates leaders of South-West group