SON strength­ens fight on sub­stan­dard tyres, build­ing rods

Daily Trust - - BRAND EQUITY - By Bernard Okhakume and John Iy­ongo

The stan­dards Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Nige­ria, SON, has moved to fur­ther stan­dard­ise all prod­ucts man­u­fac­tured in Nige­ria with fac­tory-spe­cific man­u­fac­tur­ers’ iden­tity codes on all prod­ucts made in Nige­ria, be­gin­ning with ve­hi­cle tyres and build­ing rods.

The Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral, SON, Dr. Paul Angya, made this known last week while ad­dress­ing press men in Abuja. He said SON had de­cided to deepen the man­u­fac­tur­ing stan­dards in the coun­try in or­der to save the coun­try fur­ther avoid­able loss of lives and prop­er­ties, and also meet up with in­ter­na­tional best prac­tices. Speak­ing fur­ther the act­ing DG said with this fac­tory-spe­cific iden­tity codes we will be able to trace all fake and sub­stan­dard prod­ucts to their man­u­fac­tur­ers, not­ing that all per­sons and shops sell­ing prod­ucts with­out their cor­rect iden­tity codes will be pros­e­cuted.

He also an­nounced that his agency is col­lab­o­rat­ing ef­forts with the Fed­eral road safety com­mis­sion FRSC to en­sure the suc­cess of the tyre stan­dard­i­s­a­tion pro­gramme. “While we re­gret the loss of lives due to the use of fake and sub­stan­dard prod­ucts we also urge Nige­ri­ans to be care­ful and vig­i­lant for the safety of their lives and prop­er­ties, by en­sur­ing that they buy only duly cer­ti­fied prod­ucts.

The agency has so far stan­dard­ised over 5000 prod­ucts in Nige­ria and in the last two months we have closed down over 1000 shops na­tion­wide where we found fake and sub stan­dards prod­ucts”.

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