SON renews campaign against substandard goods
In commemoration of this yearâ€™s World Standards Day, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has urged members of the public to desist from patronising sub-standard goods in an effort to check the influx of such commodities to the country.
According to the SON, continued patronage of such goods would only sustain the businesses of those involved in the illicit trade.
To strengthen its campaign, the SON has equally embarked on increased consumer awareness initiative to empower consumers on the negative impact substandard goods have on lives of people and properties.
The Director General, SON, Dr. Joseph Odumodu, explained that the theme of this yearâ€™s world standards day celebrations tagged â€œStandards-the worldâ€™s common languageâ€ as released by the three big global standards authorities including the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) will provide opportunities for the agency to engage interactions with the public while also calling the attention of Nigerian consumers on the need to always demand for quality products and services.
Indeed, this yearâ€™s standards day seeks to promote inter-connectedness of products and services in order to boost trade.
Odumodu who was represented by the Regional Director, South West, SON Mrs. Mojisola Kehinde, during the programme tagged â€œwalk for standardsâ€, pointed out that other activities lined up to celebrate the World Standards day include, a special facilitation visit to factories, a stakeholders forum in Aba as well as simultaneous walk against substandard products in Abuja, Kaduna and Awka to press home the agencyâ€™s determination to rid the nation of substandard products.
Meanwhile, the SON boss said all hands are on deck to ensure that the influx of substandard goods currently trending at 30 per cent is reduced to about 10 per cent before the end of 2015.
â€œSuffice to state that a world without standards will make routine activities that we take for granted like making a call, surfing the web or using our ATM cards to withdraw money much more complicated and nearly impossible thus underscoring the theme of this yearâ€™s celebration, â€œhe said.
According to him, it is only through compliance to international standards that Nigeria can become an exporter of more processed agro-allied and manufactured products, saying that the pursuit of this reward of quality explains SONâ€™s increasing investment in the National Quality Infrastructure components such as standards development, testing laboratories, metrology institute, certification, accreditation service, conformity assessment and enforcement schemes.
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