Register your products electronically, SON boss urges manufacturers, importers

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ENUGU – Dr. Joseph Odumodu, the Director-General, Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has urged local manufacturers and importers not to sell or distribute their products without registering them electronically with the organisation.

He gave the warning in Enugu on Friday at an event to mark SON day at the ongoing 25th Enugu International Trade Fair.

He expressed concern that most businessmen flouted the rules of the organisation by marketing and selling their products without registering them electronically.

He warned that if caught, such businessmen would be punished in accordance with the law.

“Standard Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP), Mandatory Conformity Programme (MANCAP), and e-product registration were rolled out to help local manufacturers and importers thrive in their businesses.

“The e-product registration is compulsory for all,’’ he said.

On product counterfeiting, Odumodu reiterated the commitment of the organisation to eradicate fake and sub-standard products from Nigerian markets.

The D-G solicited the support and collaboration of market associations, professional groups, stakeholders in the private sector as well as ministries, departments and agencies to confront the menace.

“We must avoid patronage of sub-standard goods because if we don’t patronise them, importers would stop importing them,’’ he said.

Earlier in his address, Dr Ifeanyi Okoye, the President, Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), commended SON for participating in the fair.

He suggested that products approved by SON should be displayed in subsequent fairs to enable people to know and buy them. (NAN)

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