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SON Destroys N800m Worth Of Substandard Goods in Five Months


(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, has hinted  that it destroyed substandard goods valued  over eight hundred million Naira, N800,000,000.00,  in Nigeria in the last five months.

Director General/Chief Executive, of the organization, Mallam Farouk Salim, who disclosed this  during the SON special day at the ongoing 32nd Enugu International Trade Fair, listed such sub-standard goods to include vehicle tyres, LPG Cylinders, PVC and electrical cables, among others.

Represented by a Senior Staff in the Agency,  Mr. Matthias Bassey, the Son boss said the essence of destroying the products is to discourage and dissuade dumping of substandard products in the country.

Salim noted that apart from destroying the substandard products, SON has adopted strategies that would evolve rapid economic growth of the country, pointing out that by thus checking substandard products, SON thus played important role in the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area, ACFTA, agreement in collaboration with other ministries and departments.



“In addition to promoting rectification of redeemable substandard products apprehended by the organisation, SON also employed destruction of life threatening and irredeemable substandard products as another means of discouraging dumping.

“It has in the past five months destroyed substandard goods such as vehicle tyres, LPG Cylinders, PVC and electrical cables, etc worth over N800 million,” he said.

He noted that SON was doing everything possible to promote technology and bring ideas that would enhance the country’s economic growth, adding that SON has also put in place machinery to open new markets and partnership with state governments on the development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, MSME by signing of formal Memorandum of Understanding, MOU.

According to him,  SON is doing all these to encourage sustainable growth of MSMEs because of their roles as a major contributor to the nation’s economic growth and development.


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