SON, ANLCA, Electronic Dealers Battle Ready For Substandard Goods

SON DG ABOLOMA
SON DG ABOLOMA

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) h partnered Alaba Electronic Dealers and the Association of National Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) to come down hard on the preponderance of fake and substandard goods.

In its resolve to stamp out fake products from the system, the Standards Organistion of Nigeria, SON is partnering stakeholders to ensure that fake products are not allowed into our markets.

The Director General, SON, Osita Aboloma, at a courtesy visit by the Alaba Electronic Dealers and the Association of National Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) to SON office in Lagos, explained that most of the products sold in Alaba were life-endangering, hence the need for the electronic dealers to adopt self-regulatory mechanisms to guard against the influx of substandard goods.

The partnership according to the SON, DG, is apt and coming at a time when the agency has continued to receive numerous complaints from consumers, maintaining that the strategic collaboration would go a long way to reduce the influx of substandard goods to the barest minimum.

In his words,” if you are recognised as being a standard ambassador, people will have more confidence in your products. You will have traceability of your products. Quality and standards keep evolving and we need continuous feedback from you. We need you to be quality vanguards”.

Aboloma charged the electronic dealers to emulate their neighbours, the Electrical Dealers Association of Nigeria (EDAN)where a SON desk has been established in the market to bring quality assurance closer to the people.

He urged the association to be abreast with the agency’s innovation and development adding that the standards body has automated its clearing processes for effective service delivery while also reducing human interference and reduction in turnaround time

“Our automation is flawless; it reduces the turnaround time for clearing. The automation in respect to product registration and pre-shipment document (SONCAP) has all been automated. So if somebody informs you that he incurred demurrage because of SONCA, that is a deliberate move to misinform the public. You cannot even ship your products into the country without securing some kind of product registration. It makes the process of clearing goods seamless without compromising the quality of goods coming into Nigeria,” he added.

Also speaking at the event, the National President of ANLCA, Iju Nwabunike, said the association is looking forward to continually support the government through all lawful means within its capacity, while demanding continuous compliance orientation, training and seminars for its members to help SON achieve its goals and objectives.

He commended SON’s automation processes, saying that it has helped to achieve seamless cargo clearing activities.

Executive Chairman, Alaba Electronics Dealers, Paulinus Ugochukwu, equally insisted that since his assumption of office as the Executive Chairman, it has not been business as usual for electronic dealers. He said his administration is working hard to bring back the glorious days of Alaba International market.

Ugochukwu advised the electronic dealers to establish their own brands, noting that established local brands aredoing very well in the market while also competing favourably with foreign brands.

He pledged to partner with SON to bring to an end to fake and substandard products tarnishing the image of Alaba international market.

“We will engage in sensitization programmes to encourage these dealers to produce their own brand going forward,” he declared