By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) in Osun, says it confiscated substandard and fake products worth N20 million in the last five months.
The State Coordinator of SON, Mr Sunday Badewole, disclosed this in an interview with the Blackface News on Wednesday in Osogbo.
Badewole said the substandard products were confiscated during raids of some major markets in the state by the SON taskforce.
He said the products confiscated during the raid were fake and expired tyres, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders, cables, and electronics.
Badewole, who decried the influx of fake products into the markets, said the organisation would not relent on the enforcement of standards and standardisation of products in the markets.
He said many of the confiscated goods did not have SON logo, while the logo on some of the products was fake.
“Many of the manufacturers use fake SON logo on their products, not knowing that any logo the organisation gives out usually has a code.
“SON code is usually for specific products but since they do not know, they will put the fake code that is meant for food products on electrical products.
“Except you are told, you will not know the logo is fake but once we see it we will know,’’ Badewole said.
He said that the fake SON logo was usually on imported goods, adding that it was part of the mandate of the organisation to rid the markets of such products.
“Any product with fake SON logo is regarded as substandard and we remove such from the market,’’ Badewole said.
He, however, said the organisation was planning a public enlightenment workshop on how to identify fake SON logo on products before buying.
Badewole warned people against buying and selling fake and used tyres, popularly known as Tokunbo
“We encourage those who are selling tyres to stop selling used tyres,’’ he said.
Badewole said the organisation would not relent in its mandate of sanitising the Nigerian markets against fake and substandard goods.