By Okey Sampson, Aba
Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) has cautioned Nigerians on the dangers of using fake products, saying the risks association with such unwise patronage far outweigh the benefits it any. It was in this light SON said it was carring out sensitization programmes across the country to educate
Director General of SON, Osita Aboloma stated this recently in Aba, the commercial capital of Abia State during a general sensitization workshop on substandard lubricants held in the city.
Osita, represented by Engr. Obi David, SON regional coordinator in South East said the regulatory body had before now carried out zero tolerance and total eradication sensitization workshops for substandard products, but now decided to go for reduction in fake products all in a bid to achieve the same goal of bringing to extreme minimum the circulation of fake goods in the country.
“We’ve carried out zero tolerance for sub-standard goods, we’ve done total eradication and we are now speaking of reduction. There is no place in the world; there is no country that can boost of total eradication of substandard products. What we are saying now is that we want to reduce it to extreme minimum and if we can get that it will be a very big achievement. We want to start from somewhere; if we can achieve reduction, it will be as good as eradication.”
Osita who said SON’s sensitization programmes were not limited to oil, but to other products, however informed that his organization limited the Aba programme to lubricants because of its effect on the economy and on the people.
“The use of lubricants touches on all vehicles, industrial machines of various types, hydraulic systems, electric transformers and other things. It is obvious that most of our daily activities depend directly or indirectly on use of lubricants and it is therefore necessary that every stakeholder be aware of good and substandard lubricant.”
Earlier in an interview Obi said Abia was were SON was having much problem in the South East because manufacturers there were not organized as those in Anambra, Imo and Enugu States, but hoped with such sensitization programmes, they will overcome the challenges.
He said SON in the South East has a task of getting all the stakeholders informed on the dangers of fake and adulterated products because everybody has a role to play, stressing that the essence of what they were doing was to improve life of the public.
He advised manufacturers of fake products in the area to have change of attitude in the manner they do their business and stop cutting corners.
He said SON will be interfacing with manufacturers from time to time to drum home the need not to be involved in the production of fake goods.
Mrs. Inigba Chris-Ojeh, State coordinator, Abia State office, SON said the essence of the sensitization programme was to let industrialists know that standardization as a means of industrialization can never be over emphasised.
“Every manufacturer should know that in everything he does, there must be standard operating procedure (SOP). Where there is procedure, anything that goes wrong will be righted and where there is no procedure and standard, there is nothing that can be done to get things right”
He said that standardization is the key to everything good that is produced, adding that what her organization does is to improve life through standardization and quality assurance.
She said the major challenge SON has in Abia is the establishment of mushroom companies with no known address thereby making it difficult to identify where fake goods are produced.
While saying SON in the state has intensified reinvigorated her monitoring process, she said eradication of fake products in the area was what SON only can do and she solicited the support of all to comb out those involved in unwholesome manufacturing of fake products so that Nigeria will not be a dumping ground for fake and killer goods.
She advised manufacturers to use their Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) so that when they are producing and are not getting it right, SON can come in to help out through the company’s procedure, but where they are not using the procedure and standard, there is no way the company will not produce sub-standard goods.
One of the participants, Tony Uwandu expressed delight over the programmed which he said broaden his knowledge on what constitutes a good or fake lubricant.
Uwandu who produces military uniforms said from now enhance forth he would always go for high quality lubricants for his machines to preserve them as the cost of repairing such machines when damaged as a result of using fake lubricants will be enormous.