“Over 200 tonnes of steel returned to foundries for non-compliance” – Business – The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News
Following its warnings to manufacturers about the need to ensure that domestically produced steel rods and rebar meet required standards, the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) said it was obliging producers return more than 200 metric tons of steel to the smelter. .
SON chief executive Mallam Farouk Salim had warned that business would no longer be business as usual, saying the agency will ensure that all equipment used to measure various parameters is calibrated in the country.
Salim, who revealed this when interacting with reporters in Lagos, said SON was working with other organizations and agencies to ensure operators comply with the rules.
Amid growing concerns about the prevalence of substandard products in the Nigerian market, especially in Asian markets, Salim said SON is currently conducting market research to assess the level of such poor quality products to determine the nature, type and origin of imports.
For locally produced goods, Salim said some steel manufacturers in Lagos have been penalized for failing to meet standards by asking them to return the steel to foundries.
He acknowledged that raids on markets were not the best way to control the influx of substandard products, and argued that this would have been effectively controlled if SON had been at the ports of entry before these products. do not circulate in the markets.
Despite this challenge, he said SON is strengthening its interagency collaboration to verify substandard and counterfeit products, especially with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) due to the implications for health.
On a return policy discussed by the agency over the years, Salim said the decision fell outside the agency’s jurisdiction, saying the issue should be debated at the highest level of government on the basis of relationships. bilateral and agreements with the countries from which the inferior products originate. .
He said, however, that the agency was revising the existing SON law of 2015, with a view to strengthening its power and increasing penalties for certain offenses.
SON is also planning to bring back identifying marks to allow consumers to verify quality assurance in a more sustainable way, unlike the current practice of buying the product, scratching and texting the numbers to a shortcode for confirmation.
Meanwhile, Salim, during an outreach workshop for the Association of Electricity Dealers of Nigeria (EDAN) at Alaba International Market in Lagos this weekend, urged electricity dealers to respect the highest quality standards so that they can benefit from the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).
Salim said the advice is to ensure the market takes its rightful place as West Africa’s largest market, in AfCFTA and to attract customers globally.
He revealed the agency’s willingness to work with the association to ensure the market is free from substandard products.
“In other words, for the market to have a good reputation and have more customers around the world, especially with this policy of open borders in the AfCFTA, it is very important for them to control themselves. themselves, find these people with the wrong products and report them. to us so that we can take them off the market.
“So far, they have given us no reason to doubt their commitment to stamping out substandard products.
“I congratulate the association for serving Nigerians with quality products, because without you, the country would have been dominated by foreign products.
“Anyone here with certification or who has genuine products has no problem with SON,” he said.
DG SON advised the association to always insist on quality products, warning that substandard electronics and electrical products are life-threatening products that can cause destruction.
EDAN Executive Chairman, Mr. Fabian Ezeorjika, said the Market Authority, complementing SON’s efforts, has provided an internal mechanism to curb the efforts of those engaged in manufacturing, importing or the export of substandard products.
He added that the association had also formed an ad hoc committee called the Standardization and Anti-Adulteration Committees, with responsibilities for standardization and regulation of product quality in the electrical section.
He said the association will continue to work with SON to arrest and punish offenders according to the association’s constitution and report them if necessary.