The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has reiterated its commitment to protect genuine businesses from unfair competition by purveyors of substandard and life endangering products.
Director General, SON, Mr. Osita Aboloma stated this while receiving representatives of Market Associations within the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex, Ojo in his Lekki Operational Headquarters office.
The Associations represented in the delegation were Auto Spare Parts and Machinery Dealers (ASPAMDA); Association of Nigerian Tyre Marketers (ANTM); Tools and Hardware Dealers Association and Balogun Business Association, dealers in cosmetics, perfumes and diapers etc.
Mr. Aboloma also affirmed the mandate of the organisation to protect Nigerians from the dangers associated with circulation of substandard products.
He admonished the traders to join hands with SON in the efforts to improve the lives of Nigerians through Standards by avoiding stocking and sales of products they cannot use.
The DG promised to lead a standards advocacy visit to the Lagos International Trade Fair complex before the end of the year and urged the associations to take optimal advantage of the gesture.
Mr. Aboloma enumerated the expanded powers granted SON under Act 14 of 2015 to remove suspected substandard products from circulation and prosecute offenders after due process of standards verification.
Speaking earlier on behalf of the Associations, Mr. Okwudili Ugbene, ASPAMDA Public Relations Officer expressed the pride of the Associations in collaborating with SON.
According to him, the recent provision of office space within the market for SON Market Desk is a demonstration of their commitment to work with the agency to rid the Lagos International Trade Fair complex markets of substandard products.