SON in­ter­cepts N23bn worth of con­tra­band in 2018

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Eu­gene Agha La­gos

The Stan­dards Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Nige­ria (SON) has in­ter­cepted N22.7 bil­lion worth of con­tra­band be­tween Jan­uary and De­cem­ber 2018.

SON said the fig­ure might rise above N23bn be­fore the end of the year.

It said top on the list of the seizures were adul­ter­ated lu­bri­cants, elec­tric ca­bles, cylin­ders and tyres.

It also raised alarm over the cir­cu­la­tion of fake SON CAP by crim­i­nally minded im­porters who in at­tempt not to pay rev­enue that was ac­cru­able to the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

The Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of SON, Osita Aboloma, made this dis­clo­sure at a sen­si­ti­sa­tion work­shop for mar­itime stake­hold­ers held yes­ter­day in La­gos

Aboloma, who was rep­re­sented at the oc­ca­sion by Al­haji Mo­hammed Kabiru, a deputy di­rec­tor at SON head­quar­ters, noted that the na­tion’s econ­omy and the lives of Nige­ri­ans were en­dan­gered due to the in­flux of sub­stan­dard goods that were smug­gled into the coun­try.

he said it was wor­thy of note that the value of sub­stan­dard prod­ucts that were seized in the past one year was es­ti­mated to be over N22.7bn. These in­clude those de­stroyed and those that were await­ing de­struc­tion.

“Some of the prod­ucts are tyres, elec­tric ca­bles, LPG cylin­ders, lu­bri­cants, com­mu­ni­ca­tion ca­bles, un­for­ti­fied sugar, etc.

“The essence of this work­shop is to in­ter­act with you mar­itime play­ers, to dis­cuss im­port/ex­port busi­nesses, with the ob­jec­tive of get­ting you deeply com­mit­ted to do­ing the right things, es­pe­cially con­cern­ing im­port pro­cesses and pro­ce­dures,” he added.

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