The Rivers state Coordinator of Standard Organization of Nigeria, (SON), Mr. Aguiyi Princewill, has warned that the country should not be turned into a dumping ground for sub-standard products, even as he urged consumers to purchase goods that bear the organization’s certified cap or that of any relevant agency.
Speaking at a one day sensitization and enforcement campaign in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state, Mr. Princewill said the organization embarked on the programme to create awareness on the presence of sub-standard products in markets places and business areas.
The coordinator who was represented at the event by the State Acting Coordinator of SON Engr, Erastus Rhoda, said their main focus was on ‘shaving sticks’, stressing that ignorance of sub-standard products in the market has resulted to the loss of lives, adding that some people are still suffering from the effect of the products they bought with their own money.
She added that any product found without the certificate of the SON or NIS would be seized and taken to the headquarters of SON in Lagos where it will undergo test and certification, adding that the organization would not want the country to be turned into a dumping ground for sub-standard products.
She said: “What we are doing today is an enforcement programme. We found out that there are two shaving sticks that are of different types, though they have the same name.
“The difference is that while one has what we call SON cap certificate because it is being imported, the other one has the same name, same colour, but does not have any SON cap certificate.
“And for you to bring any good into this country, it must have SON cap certificate number, which means that it has been tested over there and the qualities are good
“We are here to sensitize the people; because our mandate is to make sure we promote business and also protect lives. We want to get rid of substandard products in the market.
“We have not concluded that the product is not good but because it does not have SON cap or other certificate, it is suspected to be substandard which will not be good for the consumers and we will take it for test.
“We are going in for the Dorco shaving stick product today, because we found out they are scattered all over the state. We will gather them for test, if they are found Ok, we will allow it, but if found not to be good, we will stop it from entering our market, to avoid endangering the lives of our people.
“We are going to seize any product suspected to be substandard; we are going to send it to our Headquarters for test.”
One of the traders, whose Dorco shaving sticks were seized, claimed that she never knew about the seal on the product, advising the organization to start their enforcement with the manufacturers.