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SON EFCC to wade into influx of sub-standard products

He described importation of sub-standard products into the country as the worst form of corruption, because according to him, ``it costs people lives, health and properties.

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Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). play

Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

(Today)

The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), has solicited the assistance of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to check influx of sub-standard products into the country.

The SON acting Director-General, Dr Paul Angya, made the request when he visited the acting Chairman of EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu in Abuja on Wednesday.

Angya noted that many indigenous companies had folded up due to the rampant importation of sub-standard products into the country, hence the imperative to seek collaboration with EFCC.

Angya decried the attitude of Nigerians, who preferred to buy fake goods and products because they are relatively cheaper.

He described importation of sub-standard products into the country as the worst form of corruption, because according to him, ``it costs people lives, health and properties.

``It has been on our mind to pay you a visit to solicit for your support, since we took over leadership of SON.

``We feel that it is better for us to synergise with other sister agencies that support the fight against corruption because it is a common fight.

``We offer consumer protection services to save human lives that would have been lost through fire outbreaks caused by sub-standard cables, car tyres and many sub-standard food items,’’ Angya added.

Responding, Magu assured that the commission would support SON in the fight against importation of sub-standard products.

``I will not hesitate to send one or two of my staff to help you out in your investigation to bring perpetrators to book,’’ he assured.

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