The Standard Organisation Of Nigeria (SON) has raised the alarm over increasing importation of fake foreign electric cables tagge “Made in Nigeria”.
This alarm was raised by the Director-General of the organisation, Dr Osita Aboloma at a one-day stakeholders forum on Ease of Doing Business for operators in the South-West yesterday.
The Nigeria Customs Service Federal Operations Unit last month intercepted two container load of imported cables declared as made in Nigeria and already cleared from the seaport.
Aboloma, however, warned Nigerians to stay away from the products saying they have not been tested and validated for use
But, the DG complained that cable manufacturers travel abroad to clone their products and bringing it to Nigeria markets as Made in Nigeria.
The DG who was represented by the Director, Compliance and Monitoring, Engr. Bede Obayi said importing products and tagging it made in Nigeria won’t drive the FG campaign on patronising made in Nigeria products.
He said, “Today, due to the effort of SON with Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), especially in the area of cable manufacturer in Nigeria we have identified that made in Nigeria cables are almost the best in the world and because of that, people are cloning imported products as made in Nigeria.
Made in Nigeria Cables has NIS certification and you see people cloning their brands and bring it back into the country as if they are made in Nigeria and already certified by SON, it is not true because imported goods cannot be brand as made in Nigeria.”