SON seizes N40m substandard electric cables in Anambra


The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) says it has confiscated  five truck-loads of substandard electric cables, worth over N40  million in Obosi, near Onitsha, in Anambra.

Acting State Coordinator,SON, Dr Romanus Isife,made the disclosure in  an interview with newsmen on Tuesday in Awka.

Isife said the seizure was made on March 27, following a petition on  the imported substandard electric cables, written against the fake  producer, by the original patent of the cables.

He said two persons attached to the distribution firm where the items  were recovered from were also arrested by the organisation.

“The operation, which was carried out after an investigation, was part  of our zero tolerance and enforcement, to rid the country of  substandard products.

“Nigeria, being a developing country and emerging market for all  products, is no yardstick for life-threatening substandard products in  the country.

“Our core mandate is to elaborate and enforce the application of  standards for all products,” Isife said.

According to him, the confiscated electrical cables are  life-endangering products, adding that they cannot resist fire.

Isife, who said that enforcement would be a continuous exercise,  warned those indulged in counterfeiting to desist from such act or  risk arrest.