According to him, the withdrawal of SON from the ports is inimical to the fight against substandard goods.
“The current effort of SON at curbing substandard product is, to best of my knowledge, not effective because our markets are flooded with fake goods.
Mr Patrick Aturu said all agencies responsible for discouraging smuggling and illegal trade must be empowered to perform their duties more effectively.
“SON has done very well in the past while they were properly deployed. Their withdrawal from those points should be reversed.
“We have fake drugs, fake tyres, fake cements, and other consumables that are sold in our local markets and this is not healthy,’’ he said.
“The SON, Nigeria Customs Service, Immigration Service and such other agencies established to track movement of goods and services must be strengthened and empowered,’’ Musa said.
Meanwhile, Mr Mathias Bassey, SON Head of Public Relations, said “the Organisation had so far worked assiduously to get rid of substandard goods.
“We have also deployed several strategies and time to educate traders on the dangers of patronising cheap and substandard products. I believe we are winning the war.
“The size of the country poses a serious challenge for the agency to track these goods after they have entered the market,’’ Bassey said. (NAN)