Mass Destruction Fake products worth N500M destroyed

Government agency destroys fake electronics and apparel goods from importers.

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The import volume of fake and substandard products is alarming and worrisome because these products get into the Nigerian market disguised as high quality products.

One of the losers of this game is actually the you, the consumer, who buys those products with the satisfaction of getting a quality product at a very good price. Unfortunately, after some time consumers are disappointed to discover that the goods could not stand the test of time. Most of these products are priced low and cheap as a bait to attract lots of consumers.

The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), a governmental regulatory agency with zero tolerance for fake and substandard products, is saddled with the responsibility to determine quality of products before they are injected into the market. SON is poised and determined to rid the nation of fake and substandard products by directly checking the products, while having the license to confiscate and destroy the ones that fail the test.

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Recently, SON destroyed goods worth N500 million at their Sagamu dump site in Ogun State. This movement should serve as an example that Nigeria shows a zero tolerance strategy when it comes to the import of faked products. Most of these products were imported into the country from China by Nigerian importers or their foreign counterparts. Importers were appealed to by SON at the exercise to bring in only goods that meet the minimum requirements of the Nigerian Industrial Standard (NIS).

SON is doing everything possible to make sure consumers are offered high quality products by producers and importers alike.

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