Importers of sub-standard products to be jailed – SON

The Director-General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Dr Joseph Odumodu, has disclosed that importers of sub-standard products into the country will henceforth be sent to jail.

Odumodu said the new SON Act of 2015, which gave it the power to prosecute offenders, can be effective if importers of harmful sub-standard products are being prosecuted and jailed for sabotaging the economy of the country.

He said this on Thursday in Lagos at the donation of gifts to SON by Intertek Limited to mark the 10th year anniversary of SON Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP).

The DG said the SON Act also gives it the power to force importers and manufacturers to create a database of every product in the market, which would be helped by the Electronic Products Registration (EPR) that has been embarked upon by the agency.

“It is not enough to say we have destroyed goods worth billions of naira. We also want to know who brought them into the country, hence, we are keeping a database,” he said.

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