‘Importation of substandard goods part of corruption’

The Coordinator, Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) in Osun, Sunday Badewole, has described importation of substandard goods into Nigeria as an integral part of the corruption that should be tackled.

Speaking in Osogbo, Osun State capital, Badewole described the importation of substandard goods as stealing with style, saying: “By importing substandard goods, it means you want to defraud the people, and when you defraud people of their money, it is part of corruption.

“It is stealing with style, and it must be reduced to the barest minimum in our society.”

Badewole decried the influx of substandard products through the nation’s porous borders.

He said that SON would not relent on the enforcement of standards and standardisation of products in the markets.

The coordinator said that the organisation would organise a public enlightenment workshop for importers and consumers on the need to avoid buying and selling fake products.

Badewole said that the organisation was already collaborating with the state government on the formation of “Standards Club” in both primary and secondary schools in the state.

The SON coordinator said that the club would be a forum to engage and educate youths on the ethics, values and virtues of standards in products.

Badewole said that it would assist them as adults to know the danger of importing substandard goods.

“The real change must begin with the young ones and that is why we are taking the campaign on standard and standardisation to schools.”

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