The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), yesterday in Lokoja raided several shops and confiscated thousands of fairly used tyres, substandard electrical cables and fake gas cylinders worth millions of naira.
The Kogi State Coordinator of the SON, Mrs. Anne Okechukwu stated that the raid became imperative in view of substandard items that had flood Nigeria market adding that those items did not conform with specification of the agency as its posed danger to the consumers.
She explained that following the directive by the National Headquarters to raid the markets seize all the substandard products that were not measuring up to standard put in place by the organisation.
“You are all aware that President Buhari has Zero tolerance for corruption, so also the Standard Organisation of Nigeria SON is not left out of campaign against corruption. Selling of substandard items to the unsuspecting customers is a total corruption”, she stressed.
According to her, the Director General and Chief Executive officer of the organization, Dr. Paul Angya had set aside yesterday for prompt checking and raiding of life threaten sub-standard consumable items to save the lives of innocent citizens as well as ensuring that consumers of such items get value for their money at all times .
“The reason why we are doing this is to save Nigerians from danger. Nigerians must get value and satisfaction for their money. We are also working hard that SON can compete favourably with other countries. To also promote Nigeria made goods.”
“We are on the field to check the excesses of sub-standard dealers who indulged on shady deals at the detriment of the live of Nigerians. These items have been used in other countries before it was imported to Nigeria and we will not accept a situation where this country will be turned to a dumping ground for items that do not meet our specification” she said.
The Acting Coordinator who assured that the operation would be extended to rural areas in the state, said SON was desirous of competing with other nations in the act of checkmating sub-standard products in the country.