- SON Set to Destroy N8bn Substandard Cables
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has said that it has concluded plans to destroy over N8bn substandard cables.
The Director-General, SON, Mr. Osita Aboloma, stated this on Wednesday when he took members of the Cable Manufacturers Association of Nigeria to two residential buildings in Ajangbadi, Lagos where it uncovered the cables.
He said, “We have held them down for the past six months. We are processing them for ratification, and when necessary, it would be destroyed- subject to the final order from the court that would be made any moment from now. We want to assure Nigerians that the battle to rid Nigeria of substandard cables is an ongoing battle which we are fighting with the cable manufacturers of Nigeria.
“The cable manufacturers saw that their brands are being threatened and they came to us and we have been able to arrest the situation. We will keep on doing that to discourage anybody that wants to take advantage of our attempt to create an enabling business environment for local production.
“Our cables are the best in Africa. They are safe to use and any cable that does not conform to our Manufacturers Conformity Assessment Programme is therefore not certified by us. We will keep on going to the markets to conduct surveillance and inspect factories of these cable manufacturers to make sure they all conform to the Nigerian Industrial Standards. And whenever they fall short of standards, we will clamp down on them.
According to him, the eventual destruction of these substandard cables will send a strong signal to unscrupulous importers who intend to fake or clone any successful brand in Nigeria.
The CAMAN president, who was represented by the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Coleman Wires and Cables, Mr. George Onofowokan, commended SON for its effort in safeguarding lives and property of Nigerians.
He stressed that SON and CAMAN had been partners in progress over the years to combat the challenges hindering cable production in Nigeria.
“We have had good partnership with SON; and today, we have been seen as one of the main industries in promoting made-in-Nigeria products. It has become a scenario where people are trying to adulterate or clone our cables in order to take advantage, thereby putting people’s lives in danger. This has made us to strengthen our partnership with SON, to make people see that the fight for made-in-Nigeria goods is not only a fight by us that we should be proud of locally made cables, but also fight against what people do wrong.”
He therefore called on Nigerians to support SON in its quest to reduce the prevalence of substandard goods in the country, describing this as the surest way to address the illicit trade.
Onafowokan stated further that as part of the association’s support to SON in the fight against substandard goods, it would be donating an enforcement vehicle to SON.